This was stated by Shinzo Abe said at a Tokyo “National rally for the return of the Northern Territories.”
“I will be conducting intense negotiations in this direction”, – said Abe. He called abnormal a lack of a peace treaty between the Russian Federation and Japan 70 years after the end of the Second World War.
The head of the Japanese government avoided harsh statements in his speech and was brief.
“National rallies for the return of the Northern Territories” have been held each year on February 7th. On this day back in 1855, the first Russian-Japanese treaty was signed. The meetings are attended by Japanese politicians, including acting ministers and parliamentary opposition. The rallies are held not only in Tokyo, but also in other cities of Japan.
After the end of the World War II, the Kuril Islands were annexed to the Soviet Union. The ownership of the islands of Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and a group of islands Habomai (the so-called Southern Kurils) is challenged by Japan. This dispute is one of the obstacles to the signing of a peace treaty.