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Japan protests Putin message celebrating new factory on disputed isle

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Japan lodged a protest with Russia after its President Vladimir Putin sent a video message to celebrate the opening of a new seafood processing factory on the disputed Shikotan Island, a government official said Friday.

Putin's message, sent shortly before he met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Vladivostok on Thursday to discuss a postwar peace treaty, was seen as flaunting Russia's ongoing control of the island, which Japan claims along with three others lying off Hokkaido.

The head of the Japanese Foreign Ministry's Russia Division, Tetsuji Miyamoto, on Thursday told a counselor at the Russian Embassy in Tokyo by phone that the move is "incompatible with Japan's stance," according to the official.

The islands, called the Northern Territories in Japan and the Southern Kurils in Russia, were seized by the Soviet Union after Japan's defeat in World War II.

Tokyo argues the seizure was illegal and has demanded the islands be returned. The dispute has prevented the countries from signing a formal peace treaty more than seven decades on.

While Abe and Putin agreed last year to step up negotiations for a treaty, Russia has recently hardened its stance on the issue, last month sending Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to visit the largest of the islands, Etorofu.

In their meeting on the fringes of a regional economic forum, Abe and Putin agreed to continue "future-oriented" talks but did not make significant headway.

Japanese Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Kotaro Nogami said Abe reiterated the country's stance regarding the islands, without giving further details.

Before returning to Tokyo on Friday, Abe met with Japanese business leaders and expressed satisfaction with progress in the economic cooperation plan between Japan and Russia that began in 2016.

Abe said the start of flights by Japan's two major airlines connecting Narita airport and Vladivostok next spring would "bring the Russian Far East closer."

He also met with Gianni Infantino, president of the International Federation of Association Football, or FIFA, the governing body of world soccer.

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Protest all you want, the Russians have set up shop and they are not leaving.

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Ouch! Abe brown noses Putin and gets nothing in return. Ditto with Trump. Abe bullies Moon and gets whacked. Inept leadership at its finest. Maybe he’ll get lucky with Xi.

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"Putin's message, sent shortly before he met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Vladivostok on Thursday to discuss a postwar peace treaty,"..

Hahaha, Abe wouldn't protest in person because he will get no salt if he did that.

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History is a Time Machine , it can take you back as far as you wish, unfortunately wars and conflicts do have consequences , you take land and you lose land, some wars you win some you lose. Regarding Japans claim, when they were colonizing countries prior to the WW ll that was ok, when war broke out and those colonized countries got back their lands, that was deemed just, but coming towards the end of WW ll and Russia claimed its spoils , that was not ok. Hypocrisy is a strange word , depending on who is using it.

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Abe and Japan's hands are tied with the restrictive Article 9 and Putin knows it. He also knows Japan can't do anything further than filing ineffective protests.

Only when the Article 9 is modified and the restrictions prohibiting Japan from having a military capability beyond coastal defense purpose only, can Japan do anything purposeful. Then maybe Putin and Xi will take Japan more seriously.

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The Soviet Union broke Soviet–Japanese Neutrality Pactthe . I can't trust Russia.

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Only when the Article 9 is modified and the restrictions prohibiting Japan from having a military capability beyond coastal defense purpose only, can Japan do anything purposeful. Then maybe Putin and Xi will take Japan more seriously.

Lol,

Since you are talking of Article 9, let me help you re-phrase your statement. "Then maybe Putin and Xi will be scared of Japan"

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Surely, a message encouraging the Japanese to consume more seafood!

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If Japan has exhausted all actions for peace . . . then maybe the other way?

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If Japan has exhausted all actions for peace . . . then maybe the other way?

Isn't that what lower house lawmaker Hodaka Maruyama was musing? Only he got slapped down harshly and nearly booted out for wondering the same.

What other way? Use military force to get the islands back? Or Japan to agree to renounce military alliance and security treaties with the U.S. and perhaps Russia will return the islands?

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Japan should have a better relationship with China and Russia, the neighbors. Japan will not get the isles as long as the US military bases everywhere on Japan niclear weapons aiming at Russia.

Whose idea was it to invade Manchuria and Korea in the first place? Whose idea was it to start war with Russia?

Too bad Japan had been used as the first terrorist state in the region.

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I cannot even understand what Tokyo s protesting about.

If a country sets up a seafood processing factory within it's country, it is no concern of Japans.

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