Japan-Russia Relations in the Post-Abe Period

Speakers will provide an overview of the current state of Japan-Russia relations, including the prospect of resolving the territorial dispute during Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s tenure.

Research event
13 November 2020 — 9:00AM TO 10:00AM

Japan and Russia are often referred to as ‘distant neighbours’. In the early days of Shinzo Abe’s second term in 2012, Japan sought to open a new era of bilateral relations with Russia. However, recent negotiations on the Kuril Islands/Northern Territories territorial dispute have stalled. Despite Abe’s extensive efforts to resolve the dispute, no concrete agreement was reached before he left office. 


Alexander Bukh, Senior Lecturer, International Relations, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand
Natasha Kuhrt, Lecturer, Dept of War Studies, King’s College London
Chair: Mathieu Boulègue, Research Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme

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