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A rally demanding the return of the South Kuril Islands was held in Tokyo
About 500 people took part in a rally in Tokyo for the return of the South Kuril islands of Kunashir, Iturup, Shikotan and Habomai, which in Japan are called the northern territories.
As reported by the TV channel NHK, the rally participants were also former Japanese residents of these territories. Okinawa and “Northern Territory” Minister Seiichi It stated that the authorities will continue to achieve mutual understanding and fully support diplomatic negotiations on this issue. And the governor of the most northern prefecture of Hokkaido noted that he hoped for an early return of the territories.
After the rally, its participants marched along the center of Tokyo, chanting slogans demanding the return of the northern territories of Japan.
Russia and Japan have not yet signed a peace treaty following the results of World War II. The reason is the dispute over the Kuril Islands. At the plenary meeting of the Fifth Eastern Economic Forum, Shinzo Abe stated that a peace treaty is necessary rather conclude for future generations. He once again recalled that Japan claims the Kuril Islands, referring to the bilateral Treaty on Trade and Borders of the 1855 of the year. In Russia, in turn, they point to the results of World War II, as a result of which the Kuril Islands withdrew to the USSR.
In February, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said that a peace treaty would be signed only if Russian payments of material compensation. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov replied that Russia does not intend to agree to a peace treaty on the terms of Japan or in exchange for investment.