Now or Never: Abe’s “Last Chance” for a Japan-Russia Peace Treaty at the G20

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“Japan’s military cooperation with the U.S. is getting in the way of peace talks with Russia.”

President Vladimir Putin made this comment about the current difficulties with the Japan-Russia peace treaty at Saint Petersburg on the 6th of June.

During an earlier summit meeting with Russia, the Abe administration pledged to follow through with the peace treaty in preparation for the G20 summit in Osaka at the end of June—however, the situation is unpredictable.

Meanwhile, Putin welcomed Chinese President Xi Jinping to Moscow on the 5th of June. He appealed to the public in a joint statement with Xi and “hailed the unprecedented level of relations between Russia and China.”

“Today China calls Russia its strategic partner and wants to buy Russian weapons and commodities. Russia is interested in Chinese markets, Chinese technology and Chinese investments…” Putin said.

The future of Japan and the world depends on whether Russia, a country of great military power, sides with China’s military dictatorship or embraces the U.S.-Japan values of freedom and democracy.

With the global situation is in a state of chaos, Ryuho Okawa, founder and CEO of Happy Science, conducted spiritual interviews with the guardian spirits of Prime Minister Medvedev and President Putin to find out what Russia is thinking. The book containing these messages, called “Spiritual Messages from Prime Minister Medvedev and President Putin: Go Through with Japan-Russia Peace Treaty”, will be released nationwide in Japan on the 8th of July.


Why Did Russia Stiffen its Attitude?

When faced with a question about Russia’s stiffened attitude towards the peace treaty with Japan, Medvedev’s guardian spirit prefaced his answer with the fact that Putin was originally planning on returning the two islands — Habomai and Shikotan.

However, the U.S.-Japan alliance and associated military cooperation caused Russia to fear for its security. “Even if we return those two islands, what if U.S. military bases are placed on both islands? Or worse, what if joint U.S. military and self-defense force bases are placed there? We will be the target of missiles and machine guns,” Medvedev’s guardian spirit said.

Russia carries “dynamites of disputes” with the U.S. by opposing countries such as Iran, Syria, Venezuela and Turkey. If Russia and Japan simply sign a peace treaty and Russia transfers the islands to Japan, it’ll be over for Russia if U.S.-Russian relations worsen; U.S. military bases may be placed in the northern territory of Japan.

Russia just can’t allow the U.S. to have military bases targeting them in their own backyard.


Three-Country Agreement on Japan-Russia Peace Treaty Includes the U.S.

Japan must act quickly to form a peace treaty with Russia, as it is facing military threats from China and North Korea. Medvedev’s guardian spirit commented on this topic:

“I think things will move forward if a successful triangle relationship forms among the U.S., Russia and Japan… The Japan-Russia peace treaty will be tied to the general consensus of a triangle relationship, and the U.S. must back it up. This is the conclusion we want.”

The value of an assurance from the U.S. cannot be overlooked, given the threat of U.S. military bases popping up in Russia’s “backyard.”

Further, Medvedev’s guardian spirit gave unpredictable advice to Japan:

“They just need to revise their mindset [towards Russia] as an enemy country. Yes, there are Russian bases and fleets, but if [Japan’s] self-defense forces can conduct friendly patrols of the Pacific Ocean with Russia… Obviously, there are external issues with China and North Korea, but that kind of relationship with Russia won’t hurt.”

Currently, Russia and China seem to be a part of a “pre-alliance relationship,” conducting joint military trainings. The above suggestion takes a completely opposite route, urging Russia to team up with Japan and deal with threats from China and North Korea.

“This May Well Be the Last Meeting Where We Either Give Up or Not Give Up on Abe.”

President Putin’s guardian spirit went next and spoke about the Russia-Japan summit meeting scheduled to take place at the end of June.

“This may well be the last meeting where we either give up or not give up on Abe,” he said.

He then followed with a sharp comment toward the U.S. and Japan:

“If the U.S. and Japan takes too long to move forward, China and Russia can survive off of each other, at the very least. Both countries combined have significant power. If that happens, Russia will be forced to contribute to China’s colonization of Asia, Africa and essentially Europe.”

“[Japan should] clearly and quickly make decisions for itself to avoid evil deeds [from Russia].”

Although this is a diplomatic war over survival for Russia as well, its decision has the potential complete the “blueprint for World War III”—Russia teaming up with China, a country that dreams of invading Taiwan, the South China Sea and then Asia in order to eliminate the U.S. and rule over the Middle East, Europe and Africa.

On the other hand, World War III and issues with China and North Korea can be prevented if Japan can involve the U.S. to form a peace treaty with Russia.


Prioritize the Japan-Russia Peace Treaty Over Territorial Disputes

In the later half of the spiritual interview, Putin’s guardian spirit advised Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as follows:

“The important thing is not the number of days you worked [as PM], but what you did. If you’re the prime minister that forms the Japan-Russia peace treaty, you leave behind a legacy.”

Looking back, Prime Minister Abe’s grandfather Nobusuke Kishi signed the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security as prime minister in 1960, despite heavy campaigns against a U.S.-Japan security treaty. Japan is currently maintaining peace through this treaty and the continuing U.S.-Japan relationship.

Prime Minister Abe is faced with a huge crossroad. A temporary sacrifice regarding the territorial disputes is needed to involve the U.S. and form a peace treaty with Russia. Japan’s future is at stake.

After Crimea’s referendum in 2014, Russia was kicked out of the G8 group of industrialized nations. This incident also led to Russia’s close relationship with China.

Facing the G20 summit in late June, Prime Minister Abe must advocate for Russia’s return to the G8 and a tripartite agreement involving the U.S on a Japan-Russia peace treaty. This may be Abe’s last chance to avert conflicts with China and North Korea.

Now or Never: Abe’s “Last Chance” for a Japan-Russia Peace Treaty at the G20
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