Russia’s Vladimir Putin is preparing to come to Tokyo this week to meet with Japan’s Shinzo Abe, and America is apparently not very enthusiastic about this meeting between Japan and Russia. In this RT article republished here, the “bilateral Abe-Putin summit through diplomatic channels on a number of occasions in November, allegedly voicing concern that the meeting could ‘send the wrong message that the Group of Seven (G7) industrialized nations is not totally united in pressuring Moscow.'” To appease the US, Japan then came out with an official statement RT published in “Tokyo says no trade deals with Moscow in violation of international sanctions.” This isn’t entirely true since trade negotiations and economic investment in Russia by Japan still remain in place. What will be worth noting is any decisions made on the Kuril islands being fully or even partially returned to Japan under certain conditions. Today in Moscow in preparation for his visit to Japan, Vladimir Putin gave an interview to the Nippon Television Network Corporation (Nippon TV) and Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper. And to show their appreciation for Russia and Vladimir Putin, the people of Akita Prefecture presented Vladimir Putin with an Akita dog named Yume in 2012.
Source: RT News
Japan defies US opposition to next week’s Putin visit – report
December 12, 2016
Japan has brushed off US objections to planned talks between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin, set to take place in Tokyo later this week, diplomatic sources say.
“Although Japan needs to play a role as a G7 member, it is also natural for us to pursue national interests and holding a summit meeting in Tokyo causes no problem,” a Japanese government source told Kyodo news agency. Earlier this week, Japan formally announced the talks for next Friday, December 15, as well as another meeting in Yamaguchi Prefecture on Thursday, December 16.
This handout picture, released by Japan’s Cabinet Secretariat on November 18, 2016 shows Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) in a meeting with US president-elect Donald Trump (L) in New York © HO Japan’s parliament passes Pacific trade pact despite Trump promise to pull US out
According to its sources, the news agency reports, Washington expressed its displeasure with the upcoming bilateral Abe-Putin summit through diplomatic channels on a number of occasions in November, allegedly voicing concern that the meeting could “send the wrong message that the Group of Seven (G7) industrialized nations is not totally united in pressuring Moscow.”
Japanese authorities have reportedly dismissed these claims, saying that the visit should not be seen as granting Putin any special favors, as he will not be meeting with Emperor Akihito.
Although ties between the two nations have improved since the end of the Cold War, there has been some tension on both sides regarding the ownership of the Kuril Islands, which are under Russian control. However, both countries have been working to revive security talks and joint naval rescue drills – practices which were halted after Crimea rejoined Russia in 2014, a move that was viewed by Japan’s Western partners as annexation, triggering sanctions against Russia.
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