Nice... I would love to see a Japan-Russia coalition over the Kuril Islands, since neither party have "owned" this territory for 70 years... So WHY would somebody be trying to "own" it now ?? Not logical. They could agree to mutually hold all responsibility, care of, and benefits of a joint "possession" of these islands. Eg: resources, military vantage-points, tourism, fisheries, ecological guardianship and sustainability, etc. Wouldn't it REALLY rock the boat of the Anglo-American Axis (AAA), NATO and Isra-America if nations simply STOPPED fighting about "ownership" of land, sea and sky territories? ; ) What about if India, Pakistan and Kashmir got together at last and said, "What works for you, my brother? Let's see what the underlying bad-feelings are that causes us to fight with each other. Let's be honest and just get it on the table... because WE WANT these troubles to END." !!!
The AAA wouldn't have a clue what to do with a curve-ball like that !! : )
Sputnik: Japan’s Prime Minister Invites
Putin to Tokyo Despite Washington’s Fury
May 5, 2016 - Sputnik News
On Friday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. The meeting signals a thaw in relations between the two countries, as Abe seeks to settle territorial disputes and gain improved trade deal conditions.
The primary reason for Friday’s meeting is to discuss ownership of the Kuril Islands. A long-standing territorial dispute over the islands in the Sea of Okhotsk has prevented the two countries from signing a post-World War II peace treaty.
"The Northern Territories [Kuril] issue can’t be resolved without direct talks between leaders," Abe said.
"We have more than 70 years of the post-war era and still a peace treaty has not been concluded.
"This is anomalous."
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stressed the sensitivity of the territorial dispute, but that he hopes both countries can work together on the issue.