Japanese-Soviet Russian Relations Since 1945: Difficult by Kimie Hara

By Kimie Hara

An unique booklet that studies the issues of political rapprochement by way of international coverage decision-making among Japan and Russia in view that 1945, together with the notorious 'Northern Territories' dispute. makes use of 4 bilateral summits as case experiences to discover styles, alterations and traits within the decision-making approach. Concludes that a lot of the chilly struggle procedure of kinfolk among the 2 states nonetheless is still in position on the finish of the 20 th century.

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In October 1949 Communist China was established. In June 1950 the Korean War broke out. At the same time, the United States intervened in the Chinese civil war, deployed the 7th Fleet off China’s coast to protect Taiwan and 18 JAPANESE-SOVIET/RUSSIAN RELATIONS SINCE 1945 openly supported the nationalist government there. The San Francisco Treaty was prepared in a period when East-West confrontation was intensifying and turning towards actual ‘Hot War’ in Asia. Diplomatic discussions among the members of the Far Eastern Commission were initiated in the autumn of 1950 under US leadership and continued under review.

The Soviet Union was not necessarily against the US proposal, but Molotov asked Byrnes to agree that the five permanent members of the Security Council should be regarded as ‘states directly concerned’ in all cases. In response, Byrnes linked the issue with the disposition of the Kuriles. He said: I then added that I would bear his position in mind when considering the ultimate disposition of the Kurile Islands and the southern half of Sakhalin. Molotov replied: The Soviet Union…did not contemplate a trusteeship arrangement for the Kuriles or Sakhalin; these matters had been settled at Yalta.

During this visit, diplomatic relations between Japan and the USSR were restored. The two countries ended the state of war, eleven years after the Second World War. However, a peace treaty was not signed. As for the territorial question, the Joint Declaration at the end of the visit contained a Russian promise to transfer the Habomai and Shikotan islands to Japan. The negotiation reached the compromise formula quickly during Hatoyama’s visit. However, there was a long period of turmoil prior to this historic event.

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