Meeting on the phone with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa discussed bilateral and regional developments.
During the 40-minute meeting, the two ministers agreed to continue the post-war peace agreement negotiations.
During the meeting, the two discussed many bilateral issues, including the state of economic activity in the Kuril Region, according to the Foreign Ministry statement.
Hayashi said that he wishes to develop Japan-Russia political, economic and cultural relations “with an attitude of mutual benefit.”
Discussing North Korea’s ballistic missile tests, the two expressed their willingness to meet face-to-face soon.
The Japanese Minister also conveyed his country’s concerns about the rising tension in Ukraine and Belarus to his Russian counterpart.
At the end of the Second World War, the Soviet Union annexed Japan’s Kuril Islands in 1945, which stretches for about 1,300 kilometers and separates the Pacific Ocean from the Sea of Okhotsk.
After the annexation, the parties could not reach a conclusion in the negotiations for the signing of a peace treaty between Russia and Japan due to the disagreement on the piece of land called “Northern regions” by Japan.