The Japanese leadership should show “readiness and ability” to block the straits between mainland Russia and the South Kuriles, which Tokyo claims. So says the Japanese political scientist, former diplomat Akio Kawatao, who published an article on the Newsweek Japan portal.
He noted that Russia uses the Soy (La Perouse) and Tsugaru (Sangarsky) straits to supply the “northern islands” – as the South Kuriles are called in Japan. Kawatao invites the Japanese government to show its readiness to block them so that “the Russian authorities realize the importance of solving the territorial problem.”
The political scientist also believes that Japan does not need to rush, but must wait, for the weakening of Russia’s “national power”, as happened in the 1990s. This will not happen in the foreseeable future, so Tokyo should “get it together” and tune in to a “long process,” Kawatao added.
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