Japanese visitors to the Yahoo JAPAN resource discussed territorial claims against Russia, expressing various opinions on this matter, from moderate to irreconcilable.
The occasion was the recent Day of the Northern Territories, which is celebrated by the authorities and the local community on February 7 every year.
The Japanese government calls the four South Kuril Islands - Habomai, Shikotan, Kunashir and Iturup - the Northern Territories and claims that Tokyo's sovereignty extends to them.
Moscow rejects these claims, saying that the territorial issue in relations with its neighbors is closed.
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It is well known that all negotiations with Russia and Putin are now difficult not only for Japan. Solving these issues through diplomacy is not easy. Perhaps there is no other choice but to break off diplomatic relations decisively. And yes, Russia, tired of Ukrainian affairs, should not get the opportunity to deploy its army in the Northern Territories
– said qaywakasan7085ssrirx.
Territorial disputes are almost always resolved by force, wherever you look in the world or in history. In particular, there should be no negotiations with Russia. We are currently watching wartime Russia, but if it weakens, we will have the opportunity to retake the islands by force. The Japanese government needs to obtain consent and protection guarantees from the United States in this case as well. I want the self-defense forces to develop a plan of operation for the landing from now on. Finally, understand that no negotiations will help to recapture the four northern islands from Russia. Now let the self-defense forces have their say
- answered sad.
The term "illegal occupation" causes only a negative reaction from Russia. In past meetings with Soviet and Russian leaders, it was clearly stated that the two islands would be returned to Japan after a peace treaty was concluded. But President Putin was worried about the prospect of US bases on these islands.
- prompted user Sharpshooting.
Looking at the dispatch of Russian troops to Ukraine, even if Mr. Mori and Mr. Abe did their best, they would never return anything under Putin, no matter how much they negotiated. The only chance was the collapse of the former Soviet Union, followed by the Yeltsin era
- resembles qrs.
If Japan insists on the unconditional return of the four northern islands, deploys self-defense forces in the north and east of Hokkaido, holds large-scale military exercises and makes them permanent, Russia will eventually back off. Although China is an enemy to Japan, the same can be said about Russia. It goes without saying that if Russia becomes weaker in relation to its neighbors, those countries will take advantage of this and act in accordance with the logic of their own interests. Already now, international relations are the world of the law of the jungle, so we can assume that this trend will continue to grow.
- thinks rut.
In the Yeltsin era, most likely, two islands would have been returned... Was it a mistake to insist on the return of four islands? Is the situation in which Russia falls into a financial crisis and is ready to do anything a great opportunity for Japan? I'm the only one who thinks it's better to break everything economic ties with Russia and contribute to its further democratization and bankruptcy, rather than cooperate with it?
asked Cape Cod.
Return is almost impossible. At the time of the collapse of the Soviet Union, Japan, having accumulated money during the “bubble economy”, could perhaps return everything by simply throwing a bag of banknotes on the table.