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Sovereign Rights and Territorial Space in Sino-Japanese Relations: Irredentism and the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands (ISBN-10: 0824824938)

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The 3rd-Rate Journalist in Japan-IV/Third-Class Politicians Only Provide Third-Rate Policy-XXIII

Before Abe Shinzo made his trip to Moscow, almost all Japanese media only focused on one Russian related issue – the northern territorial dispute. As many expected, Russian president Vladimir Putin did not make any compromise regarding the territorial border from their perspective. A Japanese journalist (probably right-wing anyway) asked a provocative question, based on an article which he repeated: “Why is Russia developing the northern territories?” Putin displeased replied: “You conscientiously read out questions from a paper. I would ask you to convey the following to those who dictated it to you. It was not we who created this problem, which we inherited from the past, 100 years ago. We sincerely wish to resolve it on terms acceptable to both countries. If you want to help us, then this is possible: It is necessary to create conditions of a benevolent attitude towards each other and trust, but if you want to hinder us – which is also possible—you can continue asking tough direct questions, to which you will receive equally tough direct answers. How could it be otherwise (BBC News 1 May 2013; Interfax News Agency, 30 April 2013)?” 

Interestingly, almost no Japanese media reported Putin’s whole answer. Why? Both right-wing politicians and right-wing media in Japan failed to get concessions from the Russians regarding the territorial issue.

Source: Japan Times (Access date: 1 May 2013).

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