Reflections

In the Pacific Theater, a Cold War Sequel

Sep 9, 2017 | 00:21 GMT
Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (left) share a laugh at the headquarters of worldwide judo community, the Kodokan Judo Institute, on Dec. 16, 2016.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (left) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) share a laugh at the headquarters of the worldwide judo community, the Kodokan Judo Institute. Reportedly, better relations between Russia and Japan was the deathbed wish of Abe's father, former Japanese Foreign Minister Shintaro Abe. 

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As the spotlight shines on the Asia-Pacific theater, Japan is putting aside one of its longest running disputes to revisit its relationship with Russia. For the last seventy years, the Kuril Islands have been a cornerstone of talks between Tokyo and Moscow, and a stumbling block to reconciliation. Russia's humiliating...

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