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the Japanese spoke out in favor of a tough anti-Russian course

Japanese readers of the Yahoo Japan site commented on local politician Muneo Suzuki’s speculation, which called for the lifting of sanctions against the Russian Federation, which he believes could have a positive impact on the negotiations on the islands Kurils.

Opinions expressed by the Japanese on Mr. Suzuki’s initiative are mostly negative. Japanese public opinion is in favor of new anti-Russian measures.

The Russian Federation does not officially recognize the fact of the territorial dispute, relying on the inviolability of the results of World War II, while Japan, on the contrary, calls the islands of Kunashir, Iturup, Shikotan and the ridge of ‘Hanomai its “occupied territories”. Northern Territories”.

The comments are selective and the opinions displayed only reflect the position of Japanese users:

The “Northern Territories” cannot be returned simply by lifting economic sanctions. President Vladimir Putin believes that it is permissible to take territory by force, and the current situation is such that for Russia force is the only means of territorial expansion. First, one of the reasons why Russia is stuck on these four islands is military: Kunashir and Iturup have already received strike missiles and new fighters, and exercises are increasingly being conducted there.

  • expressed wqm.

In fact, the exact opposite is true (proposed by Mr. Suzuki). If Russia is doing well, the probability of the return of the “Northern Territories” goes away, and if it is doing badly, then the probability is higher. Before and after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia showed a willingness to make concessions. The basis of diplomacy has always been military and economic power. When Russia or the Soviet Union, both militarily and economically, were in decline, they complied. Post-war Japanese diplomacy continued to fail, under the illusion that “if we give something soft, the other side will support even more”. In fact, that will never happen. They’ll ask for more and that’s it

  • nso reader argues.

Under the Japan-US Status of Forces Agreement, the United States can build bases anywhere in Japan without prior approval. This agreement also allows the construction of American military bases in the Northern Territories. But Russia does not want that. Muneo should know too

mentioned nekoneko.

What are we talking about… Listening to this man is like listening to Russian propaganda. The “Northern Territories” are the islands that the Soviet Union had set its sights on long before World War II and had no intention of returning them. (…) I do not think that the talk of young politicians about the return of the islands through the war will become a reality, but I see that the only way out is that Russia will simply not have any more military power

Wry guest.

The “Northern Territories” cannot be returned by any means other than military. With Russia, everything is exactly the same. But I don’t think Japan is ready to go that far just yet.

  • written sk.

And what, someone said about the willingness to give something before the economic sanctions? At best, we were talking about the return of the two small islands*. Therefore, it is worth continuing to keep pace with the West. Unless Japan wants to enter the Sino-Russian Economic Interest Zone and become a country with the same understanding of human rights as the aforementioned states

calls asimov.

It is said that Kunashir and Iturup are inhabited by Russians, schools, hospitals, canneries, etc. have already been built, and the army is also stationed. If the economic sanctions are lifted, Russia will be satisfied and its sovereignty there will remain unwavering.

Wis argues.

Russia cannot deceive us. Let’s respond with new sanctions and more support for Ukraine

– called cco.

*Obviously, we are talking about Shikotan and Habomai, which the USSR was ready to transfer according to the ninth article of the Soviet-Japanese Declaration of 1956.

Photos used: Japan Self-Defense Force

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