Japan, Russia agree on next step toward peace treaty

TOKYO Fri Nov 1, 2013 11:24am EDT

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (L) shakes hands with his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida as they exchange documents of their agreement to start high-level consultations after talks at the Iikura guesthouse in Tokyo November 1, 2013. REUTERS/Yoshikazu Tsuno/Pool

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (L) shakes hands with his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida as they exchange documents of their agreement to start high-level consultations after talks at the Iikura guesthouse in Tokyo November 1, 2013.

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Foreign ministers from Japan and Russia on Friday agreed to hold a vice ministerial-level meeting early next year to work toward the resolution of an island dispute and signing of a peace treaty formally ending their World War Two hostilities.

Tokyo and Moscow have conflicting claims over a string of windswept islands called the Southern Kuriles in Russia and the Northern Territories in Japan. The dispute has prevented the two from signing a peace treaty for nearly 70 years.

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, in a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, was quick to praise improving Russo-Japanese ties, a prerequisite for achieving the difficult tasks of concluding a peace treaty and putting an end to the island dispute.

"Ever since Prime Minster (Shinzo) Abe visited Russia in April, bilateral cooperation has been progressing in many fields such as economy, security and human exchanges," Kishida told Lavrov.

Lavrov, along with Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, was in Japan to attend the two countries' first joint meeting of foreign and defense ministers, slated for Saturday.

Lavrov also welcomed improved ties conducive to sensitive negotiations but said Japan should proceed carefully so as not to derail nascent talks.

"I would like to propose that talks be conducted in an atmosphere where making provocative comments is avoided," Lavrov said at a joint news conference that followed his meeting with Kishida.

"In the past, there were negative scenes that made the very continuity of talks questionable. I hope I won't see such scenes resurface."

The two ministers agreed to hold the vice ministerial meeting late January or early February next year. Kishida himself plans to visit Russia next spring to have another meeting with Lavrov.

(Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka)

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WwokenUup wrote:
This is a very biased report.
Under Medvedev, Russia balked at Japan’s aggression, and violation of the human rights concern for the overwhelming majority of Russian population in the Japan claimed in imperialist fashion.

Abenomics consists of militaristic goals first and foremost with outrageous disregard of truth, morality, democracy, human rights.

How did Abe achieve this feat? By outright bribery.

Like his typical wolf-self, Abe calculated the most egregious CURRENCY MANIPULATION TO BRIBE Putin by 25% depreciation of Yen, while deliberately refusing to develop other forms of alternative energy source. Why is that bribe? Abe forced Japanese citizens to sustain a huge increase of energy imports after the closing of nuclear plants, choosing to pay Putin a price and quantity that Putin never dreamed of. In return, Abe asks Putin to reverse the objectively rational, and historically reasonable stance of Medvedev. Putin ignored the vehement demonstrations of Russians against the prospect of Japanese rule, and changed his stance.

How does that fit into Abenomics? The carefully crafted increase in energy cost, particularly inflated by a self-induced 25% currency manipulation allows Abe to twist the arms of Japanese voters to grudgingly agree with keeping nuclear energy despite the immense suffering of the Fukushima residents and overwhelming distrust of Japanese people that their Government was telling the truth.
The purpose of keeping nuclear energy can then be ostensibly attributed to the lack of alternative energy sources and high energy prices. (In fact, both were problems artificially accentuated by Abenomics.)
The REAL agenda of ABE is to militarize Japan in the militaristic glory of his grandfather who was in Toga’s WWII cabinet and was the official ally of Adolf Hitler. To revise that glory was the real goal, economics was the cover up.

The 3 goals of Abenomics were:
1. mislead the Japanese people that nuclear energy was necessary because the cost of energy from Russia was so high, while creating a smokescreen that its nuclear pursuits are, unlike Iran, entirely peaceful.
2. create Machiavellian type allies against the victims countries of Japanese WWII war crimes, for which Japan has not only mostly denied, but ACTIVELY HACK, HARASS, DEFAME, AND SABOTAGE ANY HONORABLE HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER WHO DOCUMENTS FACTS AND HISTORY OF ACTIVE ONGOING JAPANESE COVER UP OF WAR CRIMES
3. Create a fake image to ordinary Japanese voters that its pursuit for territories, from EVERY one of its previous immediate neighboring victims of war aggression, are justified, by financial bribes paid for by the damage to American, Korean and European and Chinese economies.

1. mislead the Japanese people that nuclear energy was necessary for a healthy Japanese economy when in fact it places the economic condition in the second, if not third or fourth priority relative to militarism. Why? Abe wanted to make sure that it retains nuclear capability so that it could quickly (or secretly, if deemed necessary in the future) create its own nuclear bomb.

Furthermore, it seeks to create an array of allies based on the pretense of providing nuclear energy for Arab nations, including Saudi Arabia, Turkey, (partly with the eye of curtailing Israel and China, and, behind the scenes, foment dissent against the United States, i.e., the World War II allies which liberated the world).

The most egregious trick Abe used was to turn off air conditioning for Government buildings in the middle of summer— of course, voters had to choose to agree with nuclear energy —- hence, the carefully manicured poll results which are disseminated as propaganda by Stanford Japanese research fellow as if it is objective— ALL to fool the world.

2. Japan continues to violate international laws, including against American citizens who are victims of Japanese war crimes, and still unable to simply tell their family stories without egregious, unremitting, relentless harassment, death threats— recently accentuated by the assistance of the outsourcing of NSA transfer of intellectual property that belongs to Silicon Valley —- BIG MISTAKE BY OBAMA, KERRY, AND HAGEL. This was secretly sneaked in by a betrayal of interests of American citizens in the name of fighting Chinese aggression, which was a myth that had been carefully crafted by the far right AND by Abe and his LDP, in order to convince the United States to transfer trillions worth of intellectual property — WHICH HAS BEEN USED AGAINST INNOCENT LONGSTANDING VICTIMS OF JAPANESE AGGRESSION AND DEFAMATION ON AMERICAN SOIL.


BIDEN IS A FOOL. Others who think they might capitalize on these Japanese tricks are getting their interests sold out while naively believing that the Japanese Abenomics would really “benefit” European and American economies!!!!! No. It benefits those who still remain reminiscent about the economic benefits of imperialism to their countries, so much so that as they are lulled into the fake dreams, they forget how their products ( French and American cars, for example) were suddenly 25% more expensive than the Japanese cars they are competing against—- neither Obama, Hollande, Cameron is a vigilant guard of the economic interests of their countries because they are BRIBED by Abe’s guileful caricature that what Japan is doing is actually “beneficial” to these countries merely because of the shared nostalgia for historic economic benefits from colonization or “looking towards the Sun” concept of conquering lands in the wild west from the Native Americans and then towards Asia.

Obama, Hollande, Cameron, Saudi Arabia and Turkey will soon learn that they are fools to believe in Abe’s charming offensive, lure of militaristic glory— they should study history and remind themselves which country was fooled into such a trap and eventually suffered a sneak attack at Pearl Harbor. They have been fooled by Japan into turning against themselves without realizing the strings of so many puppets were pulled by Abe’s guile.

The most endangered, potential preys are the Japanese people. They are at serious risk, particularly the young naive Japanese voters who had never heard the horrors of war their own family ancestors, and the PTSDs their ancestors suffered, as well as the war victims all around the world suffered.

Truth will come out, hopefully not too late for the world.

Nov 04, 2013 8:12pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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