Japanese expert: Abe’s visit to Russia may cancel or postpone
TOKYO, January 10 — RIA Novosti, Xenia Naka. The visit of Prime Minister of Japan shinzō Abe to Russia, which was scheduled for January 21, may be cancelled or postponed, told RIA Novosti one of the most famous in Japan experts on Russia, Professor of Tsukuba University, a political scientist, Itsuro Nakamura.
“In the worst scenario of development of events the visit of Prime Minister of Japan shinzō Abe to Russia, which was scheduled for January 21, may be cancelled. Or, at least, postponed. For example, until may, when Abe can take part in St. Petersburg economic forum. His performance on TV Asahi in early January, and the article of the newspaper “Yomiuri” could be perceived in Russia as an insult,” — said the expert.
In early January, Abe announced that Japan is not going to evict the Russian citizens living now in the territory of the four Islands of Kunashir, Iturup, Shikotan and Habomai in the case of transfer of Islands of Japan. An article in “Yomiuri” suggests that Japan may refuse demands compensation from Russia, the former Japanese citizens of these Islands.
“This two leaders were to declare or not to declare at a joint press conference on the results of Abe’s visit. And so it turns out that the initiative is entirely on the side of Japan, and this is clearly stated in the statement of the Russian foreign Ministry. In addition, (foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey — ed.) Lavrov has repeatedly said that negotiations on a peace Treaty should be conducted on the basis of an unconditional recognition of Japan the outcome of the Second world war. And in this case talk about the fact that Japan will not be to evict the Russian from the Islands or herself to pay compensation to its citizens residing in these Islands may be perceived in Russia as a rejection of the outcome of the Second world war, as the question of compensation involves the illegal occupation of Islands of Russia”, — said the expert.
At the same time, the analyst noted that there is some discrepancy in the information that operates is Japan, and the one upon which the Russian foreign Ministry.