PM of Japan Fumio Kishida reaffirms to seek World War 2 peace treaty with Russia

Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida reaffirmed the unwavering commitment of Tokyo to pursuing a peace treaty with Russia, despite lingering tensions aggravated by Moscow’s latest special operation in Ukraine.

The Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida reaffirmed the unwavering commitment of Tokyo to pursuing a peace treaty with Russia, despite lingering tensions aggravated by Moscow’s latest special operation in Ukraine. Speaking at the annual National Rally to Demand the Return of the Northern Territories, Japanese Prime Minister Kishida lamented the unresolved issue of the Northern Territories, referring to the southern part of Russia’s Kuril Islands claimed by Japan.

“It is indeed regrettable that today, 78 years after the war ended, the issue of the Northern Territories remains unresolved and there is no peace treaty between Japan and Russia. However, the government remains firmly committed to resolving the territorial issue and concluding a peace treaty,” stated Prime Minister Kishida, underscoring Japan’s enduring pursuit of diplomatic resolution.

Kishida’s remarks emphasized the persistence of tensions between Japan and Russia, aggravated by the actions of Moscow in Ukraine. The government of Japan’s stance on the Northern Territories issue has remained a focal point in bilateral relations, despite efforts to foster closer ties.

Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa echoed Kishida’s sentiments, underscoring Tokyo’s intent to collaborate with the international community, notably the Group of Seven (G7), to impose further sanctions on Russia in response to the situation in Ukraine. This reflects Japan’s alignment with broader diplomatic efforts aimed at addressing the crisis in Eastern Europe.

The longstanding dispute over the Kuril Islands has been a persistent obstacle in Japan-Russia relations, dating back to the aftermath of World War II. While talks have been held intermittently since the mid-20th century to negotiate a peace treaty, the issue of territorial sovereignty has remained disputable.

In response to Moscow’s military operation in Ukraine, Japan implemented various rounds of sanctions against Russia. This prompted the Russian Foreign Ministry to announce the suspension of peace treaty talks with Tokyo, moreover, complicating efforts to resolve longstanding disputes.

Despite the challenges posed by recent events, Japan’s commitment to diplomatic engagement and pursuit of a peace treaty with Russia remains steadfast. The Northern Territories issue continues to be a priority for Tokyo, emphasizing the complexities of bilateral relations and the wider geopolitical landscape in the Asia-Pacific region.