Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said that Japanese sovereignty extends to the islands of the southern Kuril Islands, TASS reports.
It is noted that the statement was made on Tuesday, October 12, during the debates in the lower house of the country’s parliament.
“The sovereignty of Japan extends to the northern territories,” Kishida said.
According to the politician, the current authorities of the country “must resolve this issue so as not to leave it to the next generations.” At the same time, Fumio Kishida noted that the Cabinet of Ministers of Japan is disposed towards a peace treaty with the Russian side.
Moscow and Tokyo did not sign a peace treaty after World War II. Japan claims the return of the four Kuril Islands, citing the bilateral 1855 Treaty on Trade and Frontiers. The Russian Federation replies that the South Kurils became part of the USSR as a result of the war and the country’s sovereignty over them is beyond question.
Earlier, Kishida said that a peace treaty with Russia would not be concluded without settling the territorial dispute.