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Towards a Japan-Russia Deal on the Northern Territories
- Kazuhiko Togo (Director of Institute for World Affairs at Kyoto Sangyo University)
Almost 70 years after the end of hostilities, Japan and Russia have yet to sign a peace treaty due to their conflicting claims on the Northern Territories (Southern Kurils) islands that lie to the northeast of Hokkaido. Recently, however, there appears to have been progress towards an agreement between Tokyo and Moscow that would settle the issue and open the door to a formal full concluding a peace treaty between Japan and Russia.
Kazuhiko Togo, who was actively involved in many aspects of Japan’s Russian policy and is a noted scholar of international relations in Asia will bring us up to date on the state of Russo-Japanese relations and discuss possible scenarios for a resolution of the Northern Territories question.
Ambassador Togo’s latest article on Japan-Russia relations can be found here: http://www.theasanforum.org/
Director of Institute for World Affairs at Kyoto Sangyo University
Kazuhiko Togo runs the Institute for World Affairs at Kyoto Sangyo University from 2010. He joined the Foreign Ministry of Japan in 1968, worked extensively on Soviet/Russian affairs, as well as on Europe, America, international law and economics, and served as Ambassador of Japan to the Netherlands and retired in 2002. From 1995 he began teaching in universities in Moscow and Tokyo, and after retirement in Leiden, Princeton, Tansui (Taiwan), Santa Barbara, Seoul, and Temple University Japan Campus. His recent publication includes in English Japan’s Foreign Policy 1945-2009 and in Japanese (1) The Inside Story of the Negotiations on the Northern Territories, (2) History and Foreign Policy: Yasukuni, Asia and Tokyo Tribunal and (3) What Japan lost after WWII: Scenery, Human Being and State.