China rise may break Russia impasse: expert

Oct 4, 2013

China rise may break Russia impasse: expert

by Mizuho Aoki

China’s growing economic and military might may pose a threat to Japan, but it also works in Tokyo’s favor when it comes to settling a long-standing territorial dispute with Russia, a former high-ranking diplomat told a recent symposium in Tokyo. Kazuhiko Togo, who used ...

Speed up territorial talks with Russia: ex-diplomat

Mar 29, 2013

Speed up territorial talks with Russia: ex-diplomat

A retired senior diplomat has urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government to accelerate negotiations on a territorial row with Russia, saying the “window of opportunity” to resolve the long-standing issue is only likely to remain open until “the end of this year.” Kazuhiko Togo, ...

Abe risks much with sex slave issue

Feb 15, 2013

Abe risks much with sex slave issue

Among the components that make up the conservative agenda advocated by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, one stands out for its potential to inflame international relations: a review of Japan’s official stance on the forced recruitment of Asian and European women and girls into wartime ...