Shinzo Abatto: Grigory Sysoev / RIA Novosti
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has reported to Parliament on the progress of joint economic activities with Russia on the South Kuril Islands. About it reports TASS.
“Over the past year the development of relations between Japan and Russia (…) has reached an unprecedented level,” said the Japanese leader. He noted the implementation of the first pilot round of the South Kuril Islands for tourists from Japan and the opportunity to visit previously restricted areas for former Japanese residents. Abe added that it will continue hard negotiations to “solve territorial issues”.
In October 2019, the Governor of Tokyo Yuriko Koike jokingly suggested to move to the Kuril Islands marathon and walking race that will take place at the Olympic games-2020. This statement criticized the Russian Embassy in Japan. According to the Embassy, “sport must unite and not give rise to confrontational jokes”.
In 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Abe agreed on the document on the beginning of consultations on joint economic activities of two countries in the South Kuril Islands. Among the areas of cooperation referred to fisheries, tourism, medicine, ecology. At the moment the four Islands of the southern Kuril Islands has earned a pilot project of joint economic activities. Also, the Japanese government has launched flights to the former inhabitants of the Islands. This is done to ensure that they could visit the graves of their ancestors.
Following the end of world war II between Moscow and Tokyo never signed a peace Treaty. The main obstacle to his signing was the unresolved territorial dispute over the southern Kuril Islands — Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and the Habomai group. The Japanese side calls the Southern Kuril Islands the “Northern territories” and over them does not recognize Russian sovereignty. Moscow, in turn, does not recognize the fact of the territorial dispute.
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