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Territorial dispute between Japan and Russia.


northern islands

Japan's viewJapan's current view of the dispute is given in the official pamphlet of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs:[41]

The Cairo Declaration and the Potsdam Declaration did not apply to the Northern Territories because those islands had never belonged to Russia even before 1904-1905.
Russia had not previously claimed the disputed islands, not in all the time since it began diplomatic relations with Japan in 1855. Therefore the disputed islands could not be considered part of the territories acquired by Japan "by violence and greed".
The Yalta Agreement "did not determine the final settlement of the territorial problem, as it was no more than a statement by the then leaders of the Allied Powers as to principles of the postwar settlement. (Territorial issues should be settled by a peace treaty.) Furthermore, Japan is not bound by this document, to which it did not agree."[41]
Russia's 1945 entry into the war against Japan was a violation of the Soviet–Japanese Neutrality Pact, and the occupation of the islands was therefore a violation of international law. The Soviet Union repudiated the neutrality pact on April 5, 1945, but the pact remained in effect until April 13, 1946.
Although by the terms of Article (2c) of the 1951 San Francisco treaty, Japan renounced all rights to the Kuril Islands, the treaty did not apply to the islands of Kunashiri, Etorofu, Shikotan and the Habomai rocks since they are not included in the Kuril Islands. Also, the Soviet Union did not sign the San Francisco treaty.


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Ill mind Russian President, Dmitry Medvedev visited Kunashir, which is the territory of Japanese Island with no permission to Japanese agreement.


On November 1, Russian President, Dmitry Medvedev visited Kunashir that had been invaded since the time of Soviet Union’s aggression to Japanese territories.

The purpose of this is apparently related to the territorial dispute with Red China regarding SENKAKUS. As many of you know that there are four Islands in the north of Hokkaido, Kunashiri, Habomai, Shikotan,and Etorofu. Before World War 2, there used be Japanese inhabitants on these islands as Japanese territory, but due to the incident of a sudden military invasion by Communist Russian, STALIN, all of Japanese people had to move to Hokkaido to avoid dangers of their lives abounding their houses and properties.


Facts about the territorial dispute-You Tube

At that time, Japan and Soviet Union had a neutrality treaty not to have any military conduct between Japan and Soviet Union. So Japan was even consulting Russia to stop the World War 2. However, even if the neutrality treaty was still effective and not expired, STALIN ignored it and stated send his troops to Manchuria, the South Karafuto, the Chishima Islands
and Kunashiri, STALIN used many sneaky ways to rob Japanese territories. He spoke to General MacArthur to share Hokkaido as a half the U.S. territory and the other half was Russian territory. But MacArthur did not get on this idea. I believe this was the turning point of Korean War and the Cold War with two different political and economical ideologies.

Anyway, after the Japanese surrender of World War 2, according to the San Francisco Peace Treaty, Japanese Government was forced to give up the territorial right to the South Karafuto, the Chishima Islands, but not Kunashiri, Habomai, Shikotan,and Etorofu.

This is the first time that the top of Russian president visited Japanese territory, ignoring the historical facts and evidences. Even including the time of Soviet Union, no high ranked officials visited the unlawfully occupied Japanese Islands.

We Japanese strongly protest Russian President, Dmitry Medvedev and his government to this outrageous conduct. If Russia Keep doing such idiot things, no nation would consider Russia as trustable and reliable partner in many fields, such as economical, business, environmental aspects in the world.
By the way, the U.S. has immediately announced that she was with Japanese side.


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