Russo-Japanese relations are undergoing a fresh rejuvenation. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to Sochi underscores his determination to end what he calls the "abnormal" situation, wherein Japan and Russia still have no peace treaty 69 years after the end of World War II. Beyond this fact and the associated territorial issues connected with the Kurile Islands seized by Moscow in 1945, both sides have ample economic and security reasons for getting together.
Dr. Stephen Blank is a Senior Fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington and Mr. Hirohisa Mori is a visiting research fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University.
Recorded at the East-West Center office in Washington, D.C. March 7, 2014