Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Russia and Japan Are Still Technically at War?

I cannot tell you exactly why, but I always think it is hilarious when I learn that certain countries never signed a peace treaty after World War I or World War II.  For example, the United States and Germany never signed a peace treaty to end World War I, so the US has technically been at war with the Kaiser for 93 years.

Japan and Russia also never signed a treaty because they have been in a dispute of four islands.

Funny that Dokdo isn't the only disputed island by Japan, and it probably seems insignificant to these other more strategic and valuable islands.  Sorry, Korea.

Dong-a Ilbo:
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev made a surprise visit Monday morning to the Kuril Islands, which are at the heart of a territorial dispute with Japan.
Japan, which has claimed sovereignty over the islands, blasted the visit and could face a diplomatic cold war against Russia as well as against China.
Japanese media reported that Medvedev flew into Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, the capital of Russia’s Sakhalin province, transferred to a small plane, and arrived at Kuril at 9 a.m.
He is the first Russian head of state since the era of the former Soviet Union to visit the islands. Tokyo has claimed the four southernmost Kuril Islands northwest of Hokkaido as its territory.
In a budgetary committee meeting at Japan’s House of Representatives, Prime Minister Kan Naoto said, “Japan has consistently maintained that the Northern Territories are Japanese territory, and it is very regrettable that the Russian president went to the region.”
Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara, who holds a hawkish stance in diplomacy, called in the Russian ambassador to Japan to protest Medvedev’s visit, saying, “The visit to the Northern Territories has angered the Japanese people.”
You know... it is tempting to feel sorry for Japan... but they did try to conquer and enslave the entire world just a little bit.  You don't really hear Germany still complaining about losing their former eastern territories after World War II.

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