Such a categorical statement by the Japanese minister says that Tokyo was fed up with a history of compromises that lasted for more than a decade: talks about compromises were made back in the 90's by Mikhail Gorbachev, then continued by Boris Yeltsin, now conducted by Vladimir Putin. In the current situation, when on the eve of the election of the Liberal Democratic Party chairman, the rating of Shinzo Abe as a prime minister is rapidly falling, the issue of transferring the islands would finally solve this problem. It was with the intention to make progress on joint economic activity in the Kuriles that the Japanese prime minister also visited Moscow.
The results of the recent SPIEF "Business Dialogue. Russia-Japan" strengthen the economic ties between the two countries and once again clearly defined the Russian position. Moscow considers it possible to conclude a peace treaty with Tokyo through joint economic activities on the islands of the southern Kuriles and the development of bilateral relations. It is in this connection "conditions are created for visa-free visits to the islands, various restrictions are lifted" for the Japanese, which should also help advance the conclusion of a peace treaty.
Japan has its own view on concluding a peace treaty: Tokyo believes that Moscow "illegally controls" the islands and must "return" them. That is why the development of military infrastructure on Iturupe and Kunashir is seen by the Japanese side as Moscow's unwillingness to give up the islands.
At the same time, Tokyo does not hide its claims to the four islands of the Kuril Ridge. For the sake of this, the Japanese agree to make concessions and wait: as soon as Russia recognizes Japan's sovereignty over all four islands, Tokyo receive two islands immediately, according to the declaration of 1956, while the other two will remain in the temporary use of the Russian Federation, so that in the future - when conditions ripen - Japan also received them back.
Nowadays, the political situation is such that it is impossible to count on receiving all four islands. In this regard, joint economic activity on the islands as a component of economic cooperation between the two countries looks quite a promising step towards the return of the islands. This will allow the Japanese side to gain a foothold in the "disputed territories". Therefore, Tokyo is trying to make progress on joint economic activities in the Kuriles. Following the talks in May this year, the proposal to implement a third Japanese business mission to the islands in the second half of this year was supported.
The Japanese prime minister will have something to please his voters - the Japanese agency Kyodo reported that Putin considered it possible to conclude a peace treaty with Japan. The search for compromises continues.