Jun 22, 2016

Japan, Russia resume talks on postwar peace treaty

Senior Japanese and Russian officials agreed Wednesday to continue talks on a post-World War II peace treaty, with the two countries yet to formally end hostilities due to a territorial dispute over Russian-held, Japanese-claimed islands off Hokkaido. The next round of talks will be ...

Sep 7, 2015

Putin visit this year now seen as unlikely

The government is facing growing difficulties in arranging a visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin this year, which Tokyo hopes would help break the impasse in the long-standing dispute over four Russian-held islands off Hokkaido. The government has been trying to continue dialogue with ...

Aug 25, 2015

Japan says Russian official's suicide remark 'unproductive'

Japan’s top government spokesman on Tuesday expressed his displeasure over a high-ranking Russian official’s Twitter posting in which he used a word for ritual suicide once practiced in Japan after Tokyo criticized the Russian prime minister’s visit to a disputed island. “I was surprised. ...