Handbook of Japan-Russia Relations
Handbook of Japan-Russia Relations
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Introduction (Kazuhiko Togo and Dmitri Streltsov)
Part 1: War and Peace: Diplomatic Relations and Security
Part 2: Territory
Part 3: The Economy and Energy
Part 4: Disaster Cooperation
Part 5: Culture
Part 6: Perceptions of the Other
Part 7: International Relations and Diplomacy: The Roles of the US and China
Appendix 1: 1956 Joint Declaration
Appendix 2: Tokyo Declaration (1993)
Appendix 3: Irkutsk Statement (2001)
Appendix 4: Russian Foreign Ministry Statement (2022)

Kazuhiko Togo, Dmitry Streltsov (eds)

Handbook of Japan-Russia Relations

The history of official relations between Russia and Japan encompasses a period of a little more than one hundred and fifty years, but stretch back unofficially for at least double that amount of time. But for both Russia and Japan, these relations have never been a key element of foreign policy, indispensable or intrinsically important for their diplomatic strategy. It is also noteworthy that for most of this time Russia and Japan were enemies, rivals, competitors. For both parties the significance of bilateral relations to a large extent was determined by their geographical proximity. This geographically predestined relationship can be characterized as “distant neighbors.” At the same time, at certain historical stages, this neighborhood was not so "distant." The countries managed to establish relations in the economic sphere, while tourism, cultural, scientific and educational ties were actively developing. The complexity of the relations which developed for just over three centuries is worthy of study. This book analyzes these three centuries of Japan-Russia relations so as not to miss out any essential factors of the relationship.

Kazuhiko Togo

Togo Kazuhiko (PhD 2009, Leiden University) is Visiting Professor, Global Center for Asian and Regional Research, University of Shizuoka..He joined the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1968. Half of his career was directly related to Russia: three times service at the Embassy of Japan in Moscow; Director of the Soviet Union Division; Director General of Treaties Bureau; and Director General of European Affairs. He retired as Ambassador to the Netherlands in 2002. Following his retirement from the foreign service, he first taught in universities outside of Japan, including Leiden University and Princeton University. He served as Professor and Director of the Institute for World Affairs, Kyoto Sangyo University from 2010 to 2020. His research interests include international politics, Japanese foreign-security policy in East Asia, and identity and civilizational dialogue.

Dmitry Streltsov

Dmitry V. Streltsov is the Head of the Department of Oriental Studies, MGIMO University, and the Leading Research Fellow, the Institute of China and Contemporary Asia, Russian Academy of Sciences. Since 2008, he heads the Russian Association of Japanologists and is Editor-in-Chief of the “Yearbook Japan” and the e-journal “Japanese Studies in Russia.” His main research field is the domestic politics and diplomacy of contemporary Japan. The author of more than 300 academic works.