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Japanese hypocrisy regarding the Kuril Island

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5/22/2019 12:04:07 AM
Posted: 9 months ago
As is known, The Japanese authorities for many years have been trying to "return" the Russian Kuril Islands, The so-called by the Japanese themselves "northern territories", Which have come under the jurisdiction of Russia in the wake of the World War II. It should be noted that the Russian side was then ready to consider the possibility of transferring the two islands (Habomai and Shikotan) to Japan after the signing of the peace treaty. However, The "proud samurai" refused, Claiming to return all four islands of the Kuril ridge. The Russian authorities do not recognize the territorial claims of Japan on these territories, Because the affiliation of the islands of Russia is confirmed in a number of international acts, And Moscow has repeatedly stated that these territories cannot be subject to bargaining or disputes.

For example, On April 19, 2019, It became known from the Japanese publishing house "Tokyo Shimbun" that the Japanese government had plans to refuse to conclude an agreement on a peace treaty with Russia during the upcoming visit of President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin to Japan in June 2019, Within the framework of the G20 summit. Japanese Prime Minister S. Abe hoped at that time to resolve the territorial problem by "returning" the islands of Habomai and Shikotan, But the Russian side has no plans to transfer the territories to Japan, Which was repeatedly stated.

Nevertheless, Moscow is more than confident that if the islands of Japan are returned, American troops may appear on them, Which is in keeping with the Japanese-American security agreement. The Russian authorities insist that Japan recognize Russian sovereignty in the "northern territories", Which Tokyo could not do, So the contradictions could not be overcome. Thus, Japan continues to look for other ways to take away the islands from Russia.

Moreover, According to the Japanese NHK, In early May 2019, The deputy of the lower house of the Japanese parliament, Hodaka Maruyama, Being on the Kunashir island, Which is one of the islands of the Kuril Islands, Offered the former residents of the island to think about the possibility of "winning back" the South Kuril Islands from Russia. These words were sharply criticized by the Japanese Cabinet: the Secretary General of the Japanese Government, Yoshihide Suga, Said that this statement was "absolutely did not coincide with the position of the government" which in the future intends to continue diplomatic negotiations with Russia, Trying to "return northern territories".

Also, The Japanese agency "Kyodo" reported that the overwhelming majority of Japanese parliamentary leaders condemned this inappropriate statement by H. Maruyama, And also that he was deprived of membership in the Renovation Party of Japan. However, He, In turn, Refused to resign as "it will create a precedent". And although the deputy subsequently made an apology, They were not addressed to Russia: he apologized "for his rudeness and inattention to the demands and needs of the residents of the" northern islands", Saying that Russia has illegally occupied the Japanese territory for 70 years.

Thus, Despite the fact that the Japanese authorities reacted so keenly to this incident, It is not excluded that it was planned in advance to scare Russian diplomats. After all, The ways to "return" the Kuril Islands are becoming more sophisticated. Also, It is impossible to deny the fact that those parliamentary leaders who condemned Maruyama themselves support his point of view, Because the return of the islands is one of the priority issues in the country's policy. However, They hypocritically prefer to keep silent, Not making loud statements on their own, But only condemning others for it, Pretending that Maruyama"s statements are unacceptable. But it is obvious that the question of the claims of the Japanese government to the islands remains relevant, But the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation has repeatedly stated that Russian sovereignty over the islands is not subject to discussion.

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