The Japanese foreign Ministry did not want in their own annual report "the Blue book diplomacy" from the formulation about the fact that the Southern Kuril Islands belong to Japan, reports the Agency Kyodo.
The dialogue between Russia and Japan for many years overshadows the lack of a peace Treaty.
Japan claims the Islands of Kunashir, Shikotan, Iturup and Habomai, indicating bilateral Treatise on trade and borders of 1855. The return of the Islands Tokyo made it a condition of signing a peace Treaty with Russia, which at the end of the Second world war and was not signed.
The position of the capital of Russia is that the Southern Kuril Islands became part of the USSR according to the results of the Second world war and the Russian sovereignty over them with appropriate international legal design, not subject to doubt.
in Singapore in November 2018, a meeting was held between the leaders of Russia and Japan, Vladimir Putin and Shinzo Abe. According to its results, the parties agreed to accelerate negotiations on a peace Treaty on the basis of mutual Declaration of 1956, which was a major concession from Japan.