Japanese readers of the Yahoo Japan website commented on the assumption of a local policy Muneo Suzuki, who called for the lifting of sanctions against the Russian Federation, which, in his opinion, could positively affect the negotiations on the Kuril Islands.
The opinions expressed by the Japanese about Mr. Suzuki's initiative are predominantly negative. Japanese public opinion is in favor of further anti-Russian measures.
The Russian Federation does not officially recognize the fact of the territorial dispute, relying on the inviolability of the results of the Second World War, while Japan, on the contrary, calls the islands of Kunashir, Iturup, Shikotan and the Habomai ridge its "occupied Northern Territories".
The comments are selective and the opinions shown reflect the position of Japanese users only:
"Northern Territories" cannot be returned by simply canceling economic sanctions. President Vladimir Putin believes that it is permissible to take territory by force, and the current situation is such that for Russia force is the only means of territorial expansion. Firstly, one of the reasons why Russia is stuck on these four islands is military in nature: Kunashir and Iturup have already received strike missiles and new fighters, and exercises are being conducted there more and more often.
- expressed wqm.
In fact, exactly the opposite is true [as suggested by Mr. Suzuki]. If Russia is doing well, the probability of the return of the "Northern Territories" is moving away, and if it is bad, then the probability is higher. Before and after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia showed a willingness to make concessions. The basis of diplomacy has always been military and economic power. When Russia or the Soviet Union, both militarily and economically, were in decline, they were compliant. Post-war Japanese diplomacy continued to fail, under the illusion that "if we give something sweet, the other side will back even more." In fact, this will never happen. They will only demand more and that's it
– the reader nso argues.
Under the Japanese-American status-of-forces agreement, the United States can build bases anywhere in Japan without prior permission. This agreement also allows the construction of US military bases in the Northern Territories. But Russia does not want this. Muneo should know about this too
What are we talking about... Listening to this man is like listening to Russian propaganda. The "Northern Territories" are the islands that the Soviet Union set its sights on long before World War II and had no intention of returning them. […] I don’t think that the talk of young politicians about the return of the islands through the war will become a reality, but I see the only way out is that Russia simply will not have military power left
- prompted wry.
The "Northern Territories" cannot be returned by any means other than military. With Russia, everything is exactly the same. But I don't think Japan is willing to go that far just yet.
- writes sk.
And what, someone said about the readiness to give something before the economic sanctions? At best, there was talk of the return of the two smaller islands*. Therefore, it is worth continuing to keep pace with the West. Unless Japan wants to enter the Sino-Russian economic zone of interest and become a country with the same understanding of human rights as the above-mentioned states
It is said that Kunashir and Iturup are inhabited by Russians, schools, hospitals, canneries, etc. have already been built, and the military is also stationed. If economic sanctions are lifted, Russia will be satisfied and its sovereignty there will remain unshakable
Russia cannot deceive us. Let's answer it with new sanctions and more support for Ukraine
– called cco.
*Obviously, we are talking about Shikotan and Habomai, which the USSR was ready to transfer according to the ninth article of the Soviet-Japanese declaration of 1956.