Over the course of blogging on relations between Japan and Russia, I’ve advocated for Japan’s “leadership” to wean itself from the Anglo-Americans as a vassal state, and to align itself with Russia for peaceful trade and for national self-interest. The Anglo-Americans have attempted isolating Russia as part of its foreign policy placing economic sanctions on Russia. These sanctions have been met with continued resistance first by Germany (Germany is at the heart of the EU) and now France where French MPs favor lifting sanctions against Russia. Germany’s Angela Merkel then invited Japan to join NATO but Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe “politely” turned down Germany’s invitation. If Japan joined NATO this would diplomatically separate Russia and Japan even further making any negotiations for the Kuril Islands and other economic issues even more problematic.
Japan and Russia have agreed on further infrastructure investment in eastern Russia by Japan with Russia now providing 2.5 acres of land for free to Russian citizens and carefully vetted foreigners (pioneers) in eastern Russia. All this is designed to draw people and investment into eastern Russia. In the article “80% of Brits would be happy to quit UK for Russia after Putin offers free land” at the Express news website, the article suggested “almost eight out of 10 citizens would seriously considering quitting Britain and emigrating to Russia“. An important indicator demonstrating the enormous resentment and dissatisfaction many Brits have with the UK government. Russia just gave those British an opportunity to migrate to eastern Russia.
Japan is being forced to rely more and more on itself to protect its economic interests and trade in the Pacific in relation to China and Russia, with Japan being caught between the Anglo-Americans and China and Russia. The worst scenario for the US would be for Japan to break completely from the Anglo-Americans to begin full diplomatic negotiations for peaceful trade and economic development with China and Russia. There is a fifth column inside American government and institutions including inside think tanks that have been behind a media smear campaign against Russia for years.
Japan-Russia Cooperation May Prompt EU to Lift Anti-Moscow Sanctions
May 15, 2016
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a meeting at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi on May 6, 2016 © AFP 2016/ Pavel Golovkin / POOL
During a meeting with President Vladimir Putin in Sochi earlier this month Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unveiled an eight-point bilateral economic cooperation road map on energy projects, investment, trade and other economic as well as political sectors.
In an interview with Radio Sputnik, Sophia University Professor Toshihiko Ueno said that even though it would be premature to make any assessments before concrete results had been achieved, the economic cooperation plan proposed by Japan was bound to have a strong impact on the EU.
“Aside from the economic effect it might have, the [eight-point cooperation road map] would definitely have a symbolic meaning and eventually lead to a lifting of the anti-Russian economic sanctions by many European countries which are willing to resume mutually-beneficial economic cooperation with Russia,” Professor Ueno said.
During the Sochi meeting, Prime Minister Abe invited Vladimir Putin to discuss the matter in greater detail in his native Yamaguchi Prefecture. Putin readily agreed to come.
When asked about the reason for holding such a meeting away from Tokyo [also to avoid Anglo-American interference?], Professor Ueno said: “It is going to be an informal meeting, so there is nothing unusual about this. Suffice it to mention the November 1998 ‘no-neckties’ informal discussion between President Boris Yeltsin and Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto at Kawana resort southwest of Tokyo.”
“Prime Minister Abe believes that with summits often held in St. Petersburg there would be nothing unusual in having one in the Prime Minister’s native Yamaguchi Prefecture. Another upside of such ‘shirtsleeves’ summits is that leaders can meet and talk in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere,” Professor Ueno said in conclusion.
Please go to the Sputnick news website to read the entire article.