Japanologist and former Russian Ambassador to Japan Alexander Panov is sure that the words of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida about Tokyo's sovereignty over the Kuril Islands should not be taken seriously. In his opinion, the politician's statements and plans are now dictated by the need to please public opinion on the eve of the parliamentary elections in late October.
"It remains to be seen whether Kishida will remain in power after the election," the former ambassador points to the domestic political situation in Japan. - The real strategy on all fronts will be decided by whoever wins. In the meantime, it's nothing.
Panov also recalled another recent statement by the new prime minister of Japan about building a "new capitalism. Panov says this is all part of the populist policies needed to ensure the victory of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party of Japan in the upcoming elections.
Earlier, the Russian Military Historical Society called Kishida's words hypocritical.
The topic of the Kuril Islands became topical again after the new Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's statements about the sovereignty over the "northern territories. At the same time, according to him, the government aims to conclude a peace treaty with Russia and "resolve the problem of territorial affiliation.