• Kyodo


Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda wants to send former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori as an envoy to Russia in a bid to make progress in resolving the long-running dispute over Russian-held islands off Hokkaido, a former Lower House member said.

Muneo Suzuki, once a Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker convicted of bribery, told reporters after meeting with Noda that he suggested that Mori, who has close ties with President-elect Vladimir Putin, be sent to Russia. Noda reportedly told Suzuki: “I’m thinking about that, too.”

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