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- Territorial Imperative
- Mainichi Shimbun, Opinion,
Wednesday 7 August 2000. In September is an anticipated
signing of a peace treaty between Russia and Japan. But the
Liberal Democratic Party suggests that the treaty need not
be include the Northern Territories dispute and that Japan
might abrogate the Tokyo Declaration of 1993.
- Bid to solve Kurile Islands issue
- By John Helmer, The Straits Times,
4 November 2000. Japan's Foreign Minister Yohei Kono
has met Russian President Vladimir Putin to seek new approaches
to end a territorial dispute and secure a formal peace treaty.
Russian sentiment is hostile towards Japanese efforts to
recover the Kurile Islands. The deadline for resolution set
in 1998 is next month.
- Japan protests over fishing off Kurils
- BBC World Service, Wednesday 1 August 2001. Japan has made
a formal protest about South Korean fishing boats operating off
the disputed Kuril islands, which is permitted by Russia but
not by Japan (brief).
- Japan warns Russia over islands
- BBC World Service, Monday 20 August 2001. The dispute over
Korean fishermen escalates. Koizumi write to Putin. Japan
claims possession of the islands off the northern Japanese
territory of Hokkaido, which were seized by the former Soviet
Union in the last days of the Second World War. The islands
are known as the Northern Territories in Japan, and as the
Kurile Islands in Russia (brief).