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Japan and Russia Negotiate Ownership of Four Islands

SNA (Tokyo) — At the end of World War II, Russia seized four of the Kuril Islands north of Hokkaido. Russia expelled the Islands’ Japanese residents, and they are still disputed. Russia and Japan never reached an agreement, and never signed a treaty ending the war. Japan’s position is that all four islands should be returned. But now, Shinzo Abe and Vladimir Putin are in talks to sign the treaty, which calls for only two islands to be returned.

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