Moscow, Tokyo working on a peace treaty draft, Russian lawmaker says - UPI.com
UPI reports: "Ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Japan on Dec. 15,
Moscow and Tokyo are working on the draft of a peace treaty [...] Japan and Russia have not signed a World War 2 peace treaty on account
of the former's claim to the Southern Kurils. On a few occasions, Russia
has offered the islands of Shikotan and the Habomai Archipelago to
Japan as a final settlement. These offers were rejected by Japan,
fearing a political backlash among former residents of the islands."
Comment: The South China Sea and the Korean peninsula are not the only possible flash points for conflict in Asia, Russia and Japan could easily come to blows over these disputed islands.