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Japan, Russia to survey disputed isles in June for joint projects

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It is a good sign. I don't expect much to come of it.

Let's all remember that Putin's people invited investors from ... what was it Sudan, Somalia, and Slovenia?.... about a year ago and they could not find anything to invest in. So if they are begging off even after promises of favorable treatment, why would any investor in her right mind want to start something in this political minefield?

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to assess potential joint economic activities

While I applaud the aim and objective and look forward to a formal treaty, the question has to be asked; what will Putin want in return?  Lets be honest, he's unlikely to just agree to joint cooperation over what he thinks is Russia's territory!

There will undoubtable be a nasty sting in the tail somewhere, something along the lines of access to Japans markets and preferential alloances for Russian businesses. Something I doubt even Abe would be able to swallow considering his links to various business practices. We shall see!

Hope for a lot, expect nothing!

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