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Vladimir Putin's visit to Japan has been put under a question mark by the Tokyo-Moscow debate over the South Kurils
President Vladimir Putin's visit to Japan, scheduled for the beginning of 2005, has been put under a question mark by the Tokyo-Moscow debate over the South Kurils (Japan claims the right to four of the Kuril Islands that belong to Russia). According to Vremya Novostei, Russia's ambassador to Japan, Alexander Losyukov, believes this is because Japan is not ready to solve the territorial problem by accepting a compromise on the basis of the 1956 Declaration. It stipulates the possibility of giving Japan two of the four islands after the signing of a peace treaty. The sides' positions on many international problems coincide, but they cannot come to an agreement on the issues of the Kuril Islands and the peace treaty, said the Russian diplomat. He stressed that Japan seems unwilling to abandon its demands for all of the four islands and rejects all Russian proposals. So far, there is not even a full list of documents that the sides could sign. This means that there is no formal reason for the president's visit. Ambassador Losyukov also pointed out that Japan is acting ambiguously on a number of other issues, such as the elaboration of a joint program of energy cooperation. Neither does it accept Russian proposals for signing cooperation agreements in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, space exploration, and assistance in legal matters. Mr. Losyukov also said that the US was prodding Tokyo towards more intensive military actions, including abroad. In particular, Japan sent units of its Self-Defense Forces to Iraq, which the ambassador views as a myopic decision. He is convinced that the role of Japan in Asia had been more acceptable to its neighbors in the past
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