More than half the population of Japan believes that the negotiations with Russia on the territorial issue it is necessary to achieve the transfer of at least part of the South Kuril Islands. As evidenced by the results of a public opinion poll conducted by the newspaper Nikkei , from 25 to 27 November, this view is held by 60% of respondents.
It is noted that this indicator increased in comparison with August, when the respondents were asked to answer the same question. At the same time, only 29% of respondents consider necessary in the negotiations with Russia to seek the transfer of all four Islands in Japan called “Northern territories”, – Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and ridges Habomai.
According to the survey, which was attended by 1018 people, the number of supporters of such approach was reduced in comparison with August seven percentage points, reports TASS.
Held in early November, the newspaper Mainichi survey also showed that 57% of people in Japan think that Tokyo should change the position on the Kuril Islands and not to insist on the return of all the Islands. However, only every fourth Respondent supported the position of the Japanese government, which is adamant in its intention to achieve recognition of the sovereignty of Tokyo in the Western part of the Kuril Islands.
Note, the Japanese press repeatedly wrote that the government was ready to qualify on only two Islands, but the authorities always denied the change of position.
Currently, Moscow and Tokyo are actively preparing for the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Japan, which will take place on 15-16 December.
Russia and Japan for several decades have conducted negotiations for the formulation of the peace Treaty at the end of the Second world war. In 1956, signed a joint Declaration ending the state of war between the USSR and Japan, re-establishing diplomatic and other relations.
The main obstacle to concluding a peace Treaty remains the problem of the affiliation of the southern part of the Kuril Islands. After the Second world war, all the Kurile Islands were incorporated into the USSR. However, the sovereignty of Russia in this territory is disputed by Japan. In Moscow noted that this issue is not subject to revision.