The government of Japan has left from the answer to the question, are the Kuril Islands “ancestral territory” of the country. To inquire about the status of the Islands of Kunashir, Iturup, Shikotan and Habomai in the Cabinet of Ministers addressed one of the MPs. On 8 February, said broadcaster NHK.
On Thursday in Tokyo hosted a conference devoted to the “Northern territories”. Representatives of the Cabinet of Ministers explained that the government’s response to the Deputy question may hinder the negotiations with Russia. It is noted that the Prime Minister and the Minister of foreign Affairs of Japan also has not commented on this formulation.
The Congress did not sound the traditional phrase “illegal occupation” by Russia of the Kurile Islands. According to some experts, this may be indicative of improving relations between the two countries.
Japan claims the Islands, referring to bilateral Treatise on trade and borders – it was signed on 7 February 1855. The return of the Islands Tokyo made it a condition of signing a peace Treaty with Russia. In November 2018, after the meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe, the parties announced an acceleration of the negotiation process. For a basis decided to take the Joint Declaration of 1956, in which Moscow agreed to consider the transfer of Habomai and Shikotan after the conclusion of peace.