Japan claims the 1980 Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security has priority if Kuril Islands are returned

For the past year or so on several blog posts related to negotiations between the Japanese and the Russians over the Kuril Islands, it was repeated over and over that Russia will not return the islands unless Japan can guarantee Japan will not allow American military assets to be positioned on the islands. Russia’s Vladimir Putin is due in Tokyo this week and the Kuril islands are going to be part of his discussions with Japan’s Shinzo Abe. This news appeared in Sputnik yesterday suggesting that Japan would not rule out positioning American military assets on the islands if the Kuril islands were returned to Japan. Always making references to treaties (commonly known as the Peace Treaty of San Francisco) gives Japan a reason if the islands were returned suggesting the islands would come under the Peace Treaty of San Francisco between Japan and the United States. What people don’t realize is that Japan and the U.S. were still officially at war prior to the signing of this treaty in 1952. It isn’t likely Japan will get the Kuril islands back considering there are thousands of Russians who make their living on the islands. What we might see is an agreement on infrastructure development like in the area of fishing.

Source: Sputnik

Japan May Deploy US Bases on South Kurils if Gains Control Over Islands

December 14, 2016

Japanese Security Council Secretary Shotaro Yachi said in November that Japan did not rule out the possibility of deployment of US military bases on two disputed South Kuril islands if Japan gained control over them, local media reported on Wednesday. Yuzhno-Kurilsk village on Kunashir Island © Sputnik/ Ekaterina Chesnokova Putin: Russia Ready to Consider Japan’s Participation in Development of Kurils

TOKYO (Sputnik) — Yachi made the statement in November 9 at a meeting with Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev in Moscow, the Asahi newspaper reported.

According to the newspaper, some Japanese government officials agree with the Yachi’s position because from their point of view if Tokyo gains control over the disputed islands, they will become subject to the 1980 Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the United States and Japan.

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