16:37 Sep. 26, 2016
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hopes for a successful ending of more than 70-year-old dispute between the countries during a visit of Russian president Vladimir Putin
President Putin is to visit Japan in December. Several weeks ago Russian leader said that he could probably solve the dispute over Kuril islands. This controversy between the countries is the reason why the peace treaty between the two had not been signed at the end of World War II.
Shinzo Abe said he hopes the countries could solve the territorial issue and put an end to the abnormal situation when 71 years after the war is over, the peace treaty is still not signed.
At the same time, Japan Prime Minister reminded that the base of Japanese security has its close relations with the USA.
On August 14, 1945, Japan accepted the Potsdam Declaration and on the following day announced unconditional capitulation. The Soviet operation to occupy the Kuril Islands took place between August 18 and September 3. Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan, and Habomai islands were annexed. Japanese inhabitants were repatriated two years later.