The Japan Times – Japan, Russia to discuss territorial row

The Japan Times - Japan, Russia to discuss territorial row

The Northern Territories (or the Southern Kurils from Russia) are another disputed territory claimed by Japan.  The Japanese and Russian Deputy Foreign Ministers will be meeting about the islands.  There probably still won't be a treaty, but there might at least be some progress.  Protests, on the other hand, are less likely.  My guess is that Noda and Putin would like to show strength and calm and are more interested in Vladivostok and Hokkaido in the context of a regional economy.

(When I was in Sapporo in January 2004, the lady in the bathhouse mistook me for a Russian.  Her inadvertent remark to my wife - that there was a big, hairy Russian in the male bath - was wrong in only one particular.  Everywhere else in Japan they think I'm American.)

Latest fill-up – 4.56l/100km

Fuel consumption settled on 4.56L/100 km.  Quite pleasing given the circumstances.Pros: warmer weather, grill blocking (for the last 150 km) and generally smooth driving helped provide a reasonable result.Cons: mornings are still very cold and my wife drove about a ¼ of the distance.  Her approach to acceleration is fairly brutal.  This is not always a … Continue reading Latest fill-up – 4.56l/100km