|Foreign Affairs in Japan, 21st Century (3)|
On November 1, 2010, President Dmitry Medvedev for the first time as a Russian leader visited the island of Kunashiri, one of the four islands which lie north of Hokkaido.
Since Soviet troops invaded the four islands at the end of World War Ⅱ, Moscow has occupied these islands. The major reason for the occupation is that the islands contain metal deposits such as gold and silver, and had a strategic importance during the Cold War to confront the United States in the Pacific.
In 1956, diplomatic relations were established and the Soviet Union suggested that two of the disputed islands, Shikotan and
Habomai, might be returned under a peace treaty.
Why have China and Russia recently strengthened their territorial insistance on the disputed areas?
I feel as if government led by the DPJ has a destiny to provoke trouble on foreign affairs.