The media learned about the decision of Japan to help Russia in spite of the dispute about the Kuril Islands

Japan will provide economic assistance to the Russian Far East even under the condition that the territorial dispute about the Kuril Islands will not be allowed, reported by the Japanese newspaper the Japan Times, citing informed sources.

The Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a two-day East economic forum which will be held in Vladivostok on 2 and 3 September. At this meeting, according to sources, the Japanese Prime Minister confirmed the readiness of Tokyo to provide economic support to the Far East.

“We see that our previous policies have not achieved progress in the territorial negotiations, so we have to change our way of thinking,” the source told The Japan Times the Japanese government.

Part of the assistance programme of eight items, which Abe presented to Putin in may this year, will be implemented in autumn 2016, said the source publication. In particular, the project will be launched by improving health services in the far East, which will have completed construction in the region of the hospital, equipped with high-tech Japanese equipment.

In addition, according to sources, The Japan Times, the Russian and Japanese officials will be tasked to create a base that Japan could accept patients from the Far East.

Abe believes that improving the healthcare system in the far East will allow Japan to gain the trust of Moscow, since the support region from Tokyo can solve the issue of population decline in the region, noted the sources.

New Japan’s approach to relations with Russia is to focus on economic issues, said the Secretary-General of the Japanese government Yoshihide Suga told Reuters on Tuesday. According to the Agency, he did not answer the question about whether Japan renounce claims to the Kuril Islands, saying only that the issue of the Islands should be clarified.

The southern Kuril Islands of Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and Habomai ridge are the subject of a territorial dispute between Russia and Japan, which Moscow and Tokyo still are unable to conclude a peace Treaty: after the Second world war, all the Kurile Islands were incorporated into the Soviet Union, however, Japan has disputed the ownership of the Islands. In 1956, signed a joint Declaration ending the state of war between the USSR and Japan, but the peace Treaty still not signed.

In may 2016 in Sochi took place the meeting between Putin and Abe, the results of which Russia and Japan have agreed to resume consultations on the conclusion of a peace Treaty. After the talks, Abe said that the resolution of the territorial issue will be found and the peace Treaty will be signed. He also said he offered Putin a new approach to solving the problem of the Kuril Islands and the Russian President supported the idea.