Chapter Japan's foreign ministry Yoshimasa Hayashi said his country's sovereignty extended to the four “northern islands,” as Japan calls the southern Kuril Islands. He announced this at a press conference in Tokyo.
He therefore noted that the Japanese authorities intend to continue “permanent negotiations” on the basis of their basic position, which implies the desire to sign a peace agreement as a result of territorial issues.
The head of Japanese diplomacy spoke about the statement of his Russian counterpart at a press conference in Moscow on January 14. Recall that Sergei Lavrov clarified at the time that Tokyo still did not recognize the results of World War II in resolving the Kuril Islands issue and made constant démarches in connection with the visit of Russian officials and the army to the Southern Kurils.