Onstage With Putin, Shinzo Abe of Japan Calls for Resolution of Island Dispute

September 3, 2016 8:40 AM

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Onstage With Putin, Shinzo Abe of Japan Calls for Resolution of Island Dispute

TOKYO — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan made an impassioned plea on Saturday to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia for their two countries to resolve a dispute over a group of islands that has been a sore point in their relations since the end of World War II.

During a panel discussion in the Russian city of Vladivostok, at which Mr. Abe appeared with Mr. Putin and President Park Geun-hye of South Korea, Mr. Abe called for an “end to the unnatural state of affairs that has continued these 70 years.” Because of the territorial conflict over the islands, wh...

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