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JAPAN
Jan 26, 2017
Japan seeking talks to allow visa-free flights to Russian-held isles off Hokkaido
Japan plans to hold talks with Russia on possible visa-free visits by air to four disputed islands to help former Japanese islanders make trips more frequently and faster, according to a government source.
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 8, 2016
Tokyo, Moscow mull joint statement following leaders' summit
Japan and Russia are mulling the release of a statement calling for talks on joint economic activities on Russian-held, Japanese-claimed islands following the leaders' bilateral meeting next week, Japanese government sources said.
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 28, 2016
Putin opposes setting time limit for signing peace treaty with Japan
Russian President Vladimir Putin argues that no time frame should be used for signing a bilateral postwar peace treaty with Japan.
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 2, 2016
Tokyo returns to two-track approach over isle row with Russia
An approach to seek the initial return of two of four disputed islands that are administered by Russia but claimed by Japan has re-emerged in Tokyo as the government tries to advance talks over the decades-old territorial row, bilateral diplomatic sources said Thursday.
JAPAN / Politics
Aug 19, 2016
Putin, Abe to meet in Vladivostok on Sept. 2
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet in Vladivostok on Sept. 2, a Russian minister said Thursday.
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 16, 2015
Abe cited 'judo draw' compromise in November talks with Putin over isles row
In the hope of making progress in a long-standing bilateral territorial dispute with Russia, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe cited the spirit of hikiwake, a martial arts term for a draw or tie, in his previous talks with President Vladimir Putin in November, a diplomatic source said Tuesday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 29, 2015
Abe-Putin meet on U.N. sidelines, seek presidential visit by year's end
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed Monday to advance negotiations on reaching a solution to a long-standing territorial dispute that has prevented the two countries from concluding a postwar peace treaty.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 9, 2015
Abe quandary: How to court Putin and still maintain sanctions over Crimea
While Japan maintains sanctions on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is preparing for a visit to Japan by President Vladimir Putin this year for two reasons — to move forward the stalled territorial negotiations and the other to drive a wedge between Moscow and Beijing.
JAPAN
Jun 9, 2015
Russia orders quicker buildup of military facilities in isles off Hokkaido
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Monday ordered the speeding up of construction of military and civilian infrastructure on a chain of islands in the Pacific Ocean where Moscow and Tokyo have rival territorial claims.

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At the Akan International Crane Center, just north of the city of Kushiro proper, visitors can see the majestic red-crowned crane — a symbol of Hokkaido.
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