Longtime Japanese-Russian feud over islands

Published: Mon 14 Feb 2011 04:03 PM
Longtime Japanese-Russian feud over islands reaches new diplomatic low
An isolated chain of resource-rich, Russian-held islands are at the center of an ongoing diplomatic dispute that recently has hurt relations between Japan and Russia.
Please click here to access the complete version of this article.
By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2011
Reporting from Tokyo —
They're a chain of windswept, resource-rich Russian-held islands much closer to Tokyo than to Moscow, and they're at the center of a festering diplomatic row that in recent days has soured relations between Japan and Russia.
An irate Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan last week pressed home the decades-long dispute, calling Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's November visit to the islands over which both nations assert sovereignty an "unforgivable outrage."
On Friday, at a hastily arranged Moscow news conference involving the two sides, the Russian government fired back — with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov bluntly accusing Japanese officials of their own brand of unacceptable behavior.
With Japanese counterpart Seiji Maehara nearby, Lavrov then went a step further, saying the Kremlin wanted Chinese, South Korean and even Japanese investment in the islands, which have been in Russian hands since the end of World War II.
A visibly upset Maehara said investments from "a third country" would "complicate the situation." Calling the islands "indigenous territories of Japan," he also dismissed Russia's call for a committee of historians to weigh in on the dispute.
Please click here to access the complete version of this article.

Next in World

On Bernie Sanders’ Presidential Bid
By: Gordon Campbell
On The US (and NATO) Surrender In Afghanistan
By: Gordon Campbell
On The Rise Of Amy Klobuchar And Michael Bloomberg
By: Gordon Campbell
Op-Ed: Stop Revolting, You Insolent Peons
By: Caitlin Johnstone
The Belief That Everything Will Be Fine Once Trump’s Gone Is More Dangerous Than Trump
By: Caitlin Johnstone
How Bernie Sanders Will Destroy The Deep State If He Becomes President
By: Eric Zuesse
Why This Election Is Different
By: David Swanson
Let’s Try to Elect Bernie Sanders
By: David Swanson
Bernie Sanders, The Democrats and The Superdelegate Problem
By: Binoy Kampmark
Muddling Democrats: Chaos in the Iowa Caucus
By: Binoy Kampmark
Hillary Clinton versus Mark Zuckerberg
By: Binoy Kampmark
Sanders Hits Trump Over NYT Libel Lawsuit
By: Common Dreams
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media