Japan and Russia have agreed to revive security
talks… and start discussing economic cooperation on disputed islands at the center of a row…
that has prevented them from signing a peace treaty formally ending the World War Two. Emerging from a three-hour-long meeting with
Russian President Vladimir Putin in Nagato on Thursday,… Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said they
had frank discussions about free travel by former island residents, economic activities
on the islands under a special system of both countries, and the peace treaty issue. The western Pacific islands are known in Japan
as the Northern Territories and in Russia as the Southern Kuriles. However,… citing the Kremlin,… Russian media reports say such territorial
talks were not held,… adding that the issue is not up for discussion.