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Japan Wants Closer Relations With Russia. Good Luck With That.

May 25, 2018 | 08:30 GMT
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, third from right, and Russian President Vladimir Putin watch a judo performance in Tokyo on Dec. 16, 2016.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin have met 20 times over the past six years, including in Tokyo in December 2016, where they watched a judo performance. Scandal has put Abe's political career in jeopardy, adding urgency to his bid to improve relations with Russia.

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