October 17, 1991 |
The Japanese and the Soviets said Wednesday that they see their first real chance of settling a dispute that has bedeviled their relations for four decades--the diplomatic stalemate over the ownership of four islands seized by the Soviet Union from Japan at the end of World War II. Although Soviet officials were notably more upbeat about prospects for an agreement on the future of the southern Kurils, Japan's tough negotiators were saying they see "a clear, emerging possibility of a resolution."
October 15, 1991 |
The Soviet Union announced Monday that it is cutting its military forces by almost a third on the four disputed Kuril Islands in a move to help resolve the islands' future, conclude a peace treaty with Japan and clear the way for broader economic cooperation. At the opening of three days of talks here, Soviet Foreign Minister Boris D.
September 13, 1991
JAPAN. Russia and Japan are moving toward settlement of a 46-year-old territorial dispute, but the Soviet republic expects billions of dollars in return. The conflict over several small islands off northern Japan, seized by the Soviets at the end of World War II, has blocked a peace treaty and has delayed aid from Tokyo. Ruslan Khasbulatov, acting Speaker of the Russian Federation Parliament, is in Japan for talks to end the stalemate. FRANCE. Soviet Defense Minister Yevgeny I.
September 11, 1991 |
Japan's Kyodo News Service reported that Grigory Yavlinsky, vice chairman of the Soviet State Council's economic management committee, has endorsed the return to Japan of several Soviet-held islands in the Kurils that were seized in the waning days of World War II. He was quoted by Kyodo as saying that an 1855 treaty between the two countries "could be a moral and legal starting point to resolve the issue."
September 2, 1991 |
The breakup of the Soviet Union may create business opportunities in Russia and other republics over the long term, but Japanese investors say that for the time being political instability has actually increased the risks of making an investment. "Over the short term there is going to be a lot of confusion," said Takashi Murakami, head of the economic studies division of the Japan Assn.
August 21, 1991 |
Pope John Paul II, who embarked in high spirits on a swing through Eastern Europe a week ago, grimly returned home Tuesday, praising former Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev and praying that liberalizing reforms in the Soviet Union survive his fall. "Faced with the news that comes from the Soviet Union, our prayers become even more intense to ask God that that great country may be spared further tragedy.