Poll: majority of Japanese people favoured a flexible solution on the disputed Islands

TOKYO, 7 Nov — RIA Novosti, Ivan Zakharchenko. Most of the population of Japan would like a flexible approach to the solution of the territorial dispute with Russia, should be published in the newspaper “Mainichi” survey of public opinion on major political issues.

The survey was conducted on 5-6 November throughout Japan.

According to the research, only 25% of Japanese in favor of hard-line approach to the dispute with Russia, considering the necessary move to Japan four island of the South Kuril Islands, which Tokyo claims. Among the respondents, however, 57% are in favor of a flexible solution to the problem, and 9% did not show interest in her.

Now the government of Japan is making efforts for development of economic relations with Russia in the hope to create the conditions for the signing of the peace Treaty between the two countries and resolving the territorial issue.

According to the Soviet-Japanese joint Declaration of 1956, which restored the state of relations between the two countries, stipulated the transfer of the Tokyo South Kuril Islands Habomai and Shikotan after the conclusion of a peace Treaty, and the fate of two of Kunashir and Iturup — are not affected. It is the differentiation status of the two pairs of Islands in this document, experts say, and has created major difficulties for the entire negotiation process over the next 60 years.

The idea of the first transmission of the two Islands, as stated in the Declaration of 1956, was discussed at a meeting of leaders of Russia and Japan, Vladimir Putin and Yoshiro Mori in 2001. However, with the coming to power of Junichiro Koizumi, the idea was postponed.

Japan claims the four Islands, referring to bilateral Treatise on trade and borders of 1855. The return of the Islands Tokyo has put forward previously as a condition for signing a peace Treaty with Russia, which after the Second world war and was not signed.

The position of Moscow consists that southern Kuriles became part of the Soviet Union at the end of the Second world war and the Russian sovereignty over them with appropriate international legal design, not subject to doubt.