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Japan and Russia will hold vice-ministerial talks Tuesday in Tokyo as part of an effort to push forward negotiations for concluding a peace treaty, which has long been thwarted by a territorial dispute over four islands off Hokkaido, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

The Japanese team for the one-day talks will be led by Deputy Foreign Minister Toshiyuki Takano, while the Russian delegation will be headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Losyukov, the ministry said.

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