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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Vladivostok early in September (“Abe urges Putin to fulfill ‘historical duty’ and sign treaty” in the Sept. 6 edition), seeking a resolution to the dispute over the four Russian-held islands claimed by Japan.

“We have a historical duty to sign a peace treaty,” Abe entreated. “Let’s fulfill our responsibility to history. Let’s sign a peace treaty and set free the unlimited potential of our people.”

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