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A liquefied natural gas processing facility at the Sakhalin 2 project in Sakhalin, Russia. Japan has kept stakes in some energy projects in Russia as a matter of energy security.
Feb 21, 2024
Japanese companies maintain suspended operations in Russia: survey
Japan has kept stakes in some energy projects as a matter of energy security.
A sign erected in Hokkaido’s port of Nemuro calls for the return of the Russian-occupied islands that Japan calls the Northern Territories.
Feb 13, 2024
Geopolitical chess: Unpacking the Northern Territories conundrum
While domestic motivation for Tokyo to resolve the Northern Territories dispute may endure, the opposite is true in Moscow.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida addresses a government-sponsored rally in Tokyo campaigning for the return of the Russian-held islands to Japan, an event held to coincide with Northern Territories Day in Japan, on Wednesday.
Feb 7, 2024
Kishida vows to conclude peace pact with Russia
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Wednesday vowed to conclude a peace treaty with Russia after resolving a territorial row over four northwestern Pacific islands, called the Northern Territories in Japan.
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets business representatives in the far eastern city of Khabarovsk, Russia, on Thursday.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 12, 2024
Vladimir Putin may visit disputed islands off Japan's Hokkaido
Russian president told a town hall that he would make the trip, but did not say when.
An Air Self-Defense Force Patriot surface-to-air guided missile system during a drill in the city of Osaka in May 2022
Dec 29, 2023
Russia raps Japan over decision to ship Patriot missiles to U.S.
Japan's ambassador to Russia said Tokyo does not expect the missiles provided to its key security ally to be used in Ukraine.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov made the remarks during an interview by the state-controlled Channel One television network.
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 19, 2023
Territorial disputes with Japan 'over,' Russia's top diplomat says
The remarks could suggest that Moscow will never discuss with Tokyo the issue of sovereignty over Russian-held islands off Hokkaido.
Construction is underway at the venue for the 2025 Osaka Expo on Yumeshima, a man-made island, in the city of Osaka on Monday.
JAPAN / Society
Nov 29, 2023
Russia becomes latest country to pull out of Osaka Expo
The announcement is more bad news for the troubled event, which already faces pavilion construction delays, skyrocketing costs and little public support.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida delivers a speech as Defense Minister Minoru Kihara looks on at the Air Self-Defense Force's Iruma Air Base in Saitama Prefecture on Saturday.
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 11, 2023
Kishida wary of joint Chinese-Russian bomber flights near Japan
In the latest occurrence in June, four Chinese and Russian bombers jointly flew above waters near Japan, prompting the ASDF to scramble fighter jets.
Russia's Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin attends a military parade on Victory Day, which marks the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, in Red Square in Moscow on May 9, 2022.
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 10, 2023
Russia suspends pact with Japan on decommissioning nuclear weapons
The move follows other unilateral steps by Russia, including the suspension of negotiations for a postwar peace treaty with Japan in March 2022.
A structure of the Arctic LNG 2 joint venture is seen under construction near the settlement of Belokamenka, Murmansk region, Russia, in July last year
Nov 7, 2023
U.S. sanctions on Russia LNG won't harm supplies, minister says
The industry minister said that Japan will ensure its energy supplies are not affected by U.S. sanctions on a Russian project in which it has a stake.
Nikolay Nozdrev
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 4, 2023
Russia to appoint new Japan ambassador after one-year vacancy
Nikolay Nozdrev is set to fill a post left vacant for a year amid sour bilateral relations, diplomatic sources have said.
Locally caught seafood at a fish market in Soma, Fukushima Prefecture
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 16, 2023
Russia follows China in suspending Japanese seafood imports
Russia's agriculture regulator said it has joined China's temporary restrictive measures regarding the import of fish and other seafood from Japan.
Upper House lawmaker Muneo Suzuki speaks to reporters in Tokyo on Thursday.
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 10, 2023
Hokkaido lawmaker leaves Nippon Ishin over visit to Russia
Calls from within the party to punish Suzuki had been growing, especially after he told Russian media he was sure Moscow would win its war with Ukraine.
Nippon Ishin no Kai lawmaker Muneo Suzuki speaks during an interview.
Oct 6, 2023
Nippon Ishin to expel lawmaker Muneo Suzuki over visit to Russia
The majority of Nippon Ishin members are calling for a severe punishment due to concerns about the impact of Suzuki's pro-Russian remarks and actions.
Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the plenary session of the Valdai Discussion Club forum in Sochi, Russia, on Thursday.
Oct 6, 2023
Russia open to potential dialogue with Japan, Putin says
"You asked me if we are ready to respond, we are, provided that the party that closed these doors initiates it," Putin said.
Tanks containing water from the Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 4, 2023
Russia says Japan did not fully inform it about Fukushima water
"Japan has failed to properly respond to these issues and to guarantee the absence of a threat, including a long-term one," a spokesperson has said.
Muneo Suzuki
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 3, 2023
Pro-Moscow Japanese lawmaker Muneo Suzuki visits Russia
Suzuk is a member of opposition Nippon Ishin no Kai and a longtime champion of close ties with Russia.
Secondhand Toyota cars on sale in Moscow in July 2016
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 3, 2023
Japan puts the brakes on lucrative used-car trade with Russia
While wiping out Russia's biggest source of used cars, sanctions have driven down prices for secondhand cars in Japan.
Locally caught seafood at the Hamanoeki Fish Market and Food Court in Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, on Aug. 31
Sep 27, 2023
Russia considers banning Japanese seafood imports
Russian food safety watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor said it had discussed Japanese food exports with its Chinese counterparts.
A tanker used for shipping liquefied natural gas sits near the Yamal LNG plant, operated by Novatek, in Sabetta, Russia.
Sep 19, 2023
Japan to ensure stable energy supply despite U.S. sanctions
The latest sanctions on the Arctic LNG 2 project are part of several economic measures the U.S., Europe and their allies have taken against Russia.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves