Japanese Prime Minister revealed details of the discussion were: the Crimea nothing to do with US in the course of negotiations
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said during a debate in the budget Committee of the lower house of Parliament about the details of negotiations between Tokyo and Moscowconcerning the fate of the Kuril Islands and the peace agreement. According to him, the issue of the Crimean Peninsula, due to the annexation which is against Russia, many countries imposed sanctions, including Japan, is not discussed in this context. He also said that the territorial dispute over the South Kuril Islands relates to their area.
Abe stressed that Japan needs all four Islands – Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and Habomai. “Four Northern Islands is the ancestral territory of Japan”, – said the head of the Japanese government, adding that “Japan’s position has not changed”.
“We need to think about the problem of four Islands, including their area, he added. Tokyo, he said, is willing to “stubborn negotiations for the solution of problems of belonging of the four Islands and concluding a peace Treaty with Russia (quoted by TASS).
Before mass media wrote that the Japanese side is ready to consider the conclusion of the contract, subject to the return of Russia two of the four Islands – Shikotan and Habomai.
Questions of a peace Treaty will be discussed in the course of the planned for December 2016 visit to Japan President of Russia Vladimir Putin.
Shinzo Abe during a debate in Parliament said that the issue of relations Tokyo to the Crimea will not be affected in the current negotiations with Russia. According to him, Japan still does not recognize the annexation of Crimea to Russia.
“In connection with joining of Crimea to Russia we said that it does not recognize changes in the world through military force. We take in this issue a common position with other countries of the group of seven and imposed sanctions against Russia, the problem is wider: it is relevant to the situation in the East of Ukraine. We have repeatedly called for the strict implementation of the Minsk agreement, Japan urged that not only Russia, but also Ukraine. However, I don’t understand, what does this have to negotiate about territories and conclude a peace Treaty,” Abe said (quoted by TASS).
Japanese Prime Minister also responded to a question from the representative of the Japanese opposition Democratic party, who was interested in the US role in the negotiations between Japan and Russia. The MP said that the joint Soviet-Japanese Declaration of 1956 failed because of the opposition of Washington, said RIA “Novosti”.
“We don’t consult with US on every point of negotiations with Russia, but the main ideas we, as an ally of the United States, reported the American side,” – said Abe. He added that the American authorities in the course of the forthcoming visit of Vladimir Putin.
Earlier, Japanese media reported that Tokyo intends to contribute to improving health services in Russia seeking the work of Japanese doctors in the Russian hospitals. Agreement on cooperation in medicine is part of a package aimed at strengthening bilateral ties. According to the newspaper Nikkei, Japan will ask the Russian side to the Japanese doctors could practice medicine in hospitals in Russia.
If approved, Japan will also be asked permission for doctors to include in diet Japanese hospital food.” Japan also intends to propose to use a number of technologies that reduce the burden on patients during operations. In addition, in the framework of solving territorial dispute and signing a peace Treaty with Japan may ease visa regime for Russian citizens and offer them a specially designed tour packages”.
Owned by Japan, the Kuril Islands were incorporated into the Soviet Union after the end of world war II and victory over Japan. Since then, Tokyo disputes ownership of the southern Islands of Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and group of Islands Habomai. In 1956, signed a joint Declaration ending the state of war between the USSR and Japan, but a peace Treaty was never signed.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced a “new approach” to the problem of the Kuril Islands during the talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi in may 2016. He also proposed a comprehensive program of cooperation with Moscow.
In early September, Putin and Abe met on the East economic forum – where the Japanese delegation was the most numerous among the foreign ones. The leaders agreed that the Russian President will arrive in Japan on 15 December 2016. It is expected that during this visit will move forward the negotiations on the Kuril Islands and conclude a peace agreement.