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    Russian Federation has the largest territory in the world, and is a constant subject of territorial claims of their neighbors. At present such neighbor is Japan, demanding the return of the Southern Kuril Islands.
    This territorial dispute is a true "political cavity". Its decision is situated at the stage of stagnation for a long time, and there are no promotions prevent the signing of a peace treaty between the two countries, economic cooperation and joint Russian-Japanese projects for the development of the islands. And the resolution in the next few years is not expected.
    For the most of Russians claim "return" of the island is nonsense and unacceptable statement. There is no problem of the Kuril Islands for Russia. For the Japanese, it is another thing. Leonid Blyakher, a political scientist, doctor of philosophical sciences and professor of Pacific State University, said: "This is a critical moment of national identity. Japanese is a person who recognizes the so-called "northern territories". If he does not recognize this problem - he is the wrong Japanese".
    Despite the heated debate of Japanese politics about the Islands, there is a completely different point of view, which reveals the true purpose of the claims. The former president's plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation in the Far East Federal District, Viktor Ishayev expressed it: "The Kuril Islands recall only Japanese politicians when it suits them". One example is a law passed by Japanese parliament in 2009, which allegedly confirmed Japanese sovereignty over the Southern Kuril Islands. Later, the Japanese leadership said explicitly that the law has no legal force and was admitted to the deputies on the eve of an election to win more votes. Thus, each year putting up 50 million dollars on this problem Tokyo, in fact does not want to return the Islands, it wants to distract Japanese public attention from domestic problems in the country. Russia in this situation is an "imaginary enemy", from which all evils.
    Therefore, in order to remind the Japanese of the "main" problem of the state, the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is not going to visit an opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Russia’s Black Sea resort city of Sochi on February 7.
    No doubt, that one of the main reasons for the prime minister not to attend a Sochi Olympics opening ceremony is that on February 7 Japan marks the annual “day of northern territories”, as the Japanese call Southern Kuril Islands. The prime minister usually delivers a speech on this occasion in Tokyo with the participation of ministers of the Cabinet and lawmakers.
    Thus he will achieve the main ideas: again focusing the public on the "northern territories" and to cause heated debate.
    Thus, we can conclude that in the near future dispute about the ownership of the islands will not be resolved. This profitable question for Japanese government can be used for a long time. Public meetings focused on "return to the islands" will continue in Japan, also textbooks for school children, in which the four Kuril Islands belong to Japan will be print. The dispute over the "northern territories" is a part of national ideology, which has successfully inculcated the younger generation. And every time when Japanese citizens will be distracted from the territorial issue and pay attention to more pressing problems in their country, different politics will tell spiritual words about "the Japanese native land".

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