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'Northern territories' in Japanese common consciousness: sources of formation and tendencies of development
School of Asian Studies
The Asia-Pacific direction in general and relationships with Japan in particular recently have been gaining a greater importance in the Russian foreign policy. Despite the fact that diplomatic relationships between Japan and USSR were reestablished in 1956, there is still no peace treaty between them. The existing territorial dispute about the four southern Kurile Islands – Kunashir, Shikotan, Iturup and Habomai Islands, also known as a ‘northern territories’ – may be called as one of the reason for that. The aims of this work is to identify the key components of ‘northern territories’ image, the ways of constructing this idea in Japanese common consciousness, and to trace its impact on the territorial dispute between Russia and Japan.