Aug 14, 2014

U.S. recognizes Japan's sovereignty over Russian-held isles: official

The United States recognizes Russian-held islands off Japan’s northernmost main island as belonging to Japan, a U.S. official said Wednesday, speaking in connection with Russian military drills conducted in the disputed territory earlier this week. “The United States recognizes Japanese sovereignty over these islands,” ...

Feb 7, 2014

Abe leaves for Sochi opening fete

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left Friday for Sochi, Russia, to attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics and meet President Vladimir Putin with the aim of accelerating the negotiations over the bilateral territorial dispute. Abe met with Putin four times last year. His ...

Oct 23, 2013

Territorial talks with Russia

Japan needs to develop a long-term strategy for maximizing its leverage with Russia as negotiations on resolving the Northern Territories sovereignty issue appear set to resume.

Google Maps naming policy prompts Japan to request home page bans

Sep 28, 2013

Google Maps naming policy prompts Japan to request home page bans

The government has asked local authorities and state-run universities not to post maps provided by Google Inc. on their websites because some of them include foreign place names that undermine Japan’s territorial claims, sources said Saturday. In dispute are the South Korean-controlled islets in ...

Aug 27, 2013

Improving relations with Russia

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Vladimir Putin will meet on the fringe of the Group of 20 leaders summit next week in Saint Petersburg to discuss mutual trust.

May 1, 2013

Toward a Japan-Russia peace treaty

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin agree to restart talks toward a peace treaty, which could lead to resolution of a territorial dispute.

Mar 3, 2013

Improving relations with Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin and former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori have set the stage for talks over the sovereignty of the Northern Territories.