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Japan, Russia seen deepening ties to counter China's influence

Russia could also gain from investment by Japan in its underdeveloped Far East region

GETTING FRIENDLIER: Mr Putin and Mr Abe spoke at the recent Hangzhou G-20 Summit of their shared desire to settle a 71-year- old dispute over a group of small islands off the northern tip of Hokkaido in Japan.


A NEW geopolitical calculus appears to be taking shape in Northeast and Central Asia which could change the balance of power and the pattern of alliances among nations in the region, according to some experts who see the current Japan-Russia rapprochement as key to this process.