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A map of the disputed islands, which lie at the southernmost end of the Kuril chain between Japan and Russia

Peace between Russia and Japan?

  • One of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s biggest goals is normalizing relations with Russia
  • Both Japan and Russia would benefit, especially economically, if a peace treaty could be signed
  • While Mr. Abe’s commitment and economics favor a deal, the tricky issue of the Kuril Islands dispute is no closer to being resolved

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is a man on a mission. Ever since taking office, he has been bent on normalizing his country’s relations with Russia. Japanese industries have long wanted to tap into resource-rich Siberia, while Moscow has long been keen on attracting Japanese investment. Events in recent years have added further impetus. The stumbling block is a territorial dispute over a group of tiny islands.

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
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What's inside
  • One of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s biggest goals is normalizing relations with Russia
  • Both Japan and Russia would benefit, especially economically, if a peace treaty could be signed
  • While Mr. Abe’s commitment and economics favor a deal, the tricky issue of the Kuril Islands dispute is no closer to being resolved
Who will benefit?
  • Report is targeted to the decision makers in cross country manufacturing – suppliers, manufacturers, logistics.
  • Also considered useful for the administrative university facilities, to better understand the possibe effects of current decisions.
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