The Waiting Game: Japan-Russia Relations

  • C. W. Braddick

Abstract

Tokyo and Moscow are on the verge of signing a historic peace treaty that will finally settle the frontier between their two countries, or so the Japanese newspaper headlines announced. Such predictions have surfaced regularly during the post-Cold War decade and yet the waiting game drags on. How is it that, despite the remarkable changes the international system has witnessed in recent years, Japan and Russia are yet unable fully to normalize their relations? In attempting to explain this paradox, others have skillfully chronicled the history of this troubled relationship; in contrast, this chapter will employ an extended game metaphor. Despite the fragmentary public record, this should enable us to discern the essential contours of postwar Japan-Russia relations.

Keywords

Europe Fishing Tral Boulder Defend 

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