Three-quarters of Japanese do not hope for the return of the Kuril Islands
While more than half of Japanese support the conclusion of a peace Treaty with Russia to solve territorial dispute.
The vast majority of the Japanese (76%) stated that they did not hope for a solution to the territorial dispute with Russia about the ownership of the four Kuril Islands, while the power is Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Expect a positive outcome in this matter, only 18% of residents in Japan, interviewed by the newspaper “nikkey” (Nikkei). At the same time, the head of the Japanese government said that Tokyo intends to accelerate negotiations on the conclusion of a peace Treaty with Russia on the basis of the 1956 Declaration.
According to Japanese newspaper, 27% of respondents believe that Japan should receive all four Islands of the Kuril ridge, which is 6% less than the survey conducted in November last year. At the same time supporting the return of only two Islands (Shikotan and Habomai) 41% of respondents.
During the signing of the peace Treaty between Russia and Japan to address the issue with the return of the Kuril Islands expressed 42% of respondents, another 46% said that hold the opposite opinion. Tokyo needs to abandon territorial dispute with its Western neighbor, and not to demand from Russia any Islands, I think 10% of respondents. Their number increased by 3% compared to the November survey of the publication.
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On the return of the Islands expects 76% of respondents, including 80% of Japanese aged 50 to 70 years, while the government is Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Expect a positive outcome in resolving the territorial dispute only 18% of respondents.
On the eve of the Japanese Prime Minister said Tokyo will accelerate negotiations on the conclusion of a peace Treaty with Russia based on the Soviet-Japanese joint Declaration of 1956. “I share with President [Vladimir] Putin’s strong desire not to leave this unresolved question that persists for 70 years since the war”, — quotes the statement Abe RIA Novosti.