On July 1, 2014, Prof. ITO contributed the article entitled “The Ukrainian Issue and Japan’s Diplomacy” to JFIR Commentary, and on August 5, 72 members of the Policy Council of the Japan Forum on International Relations, a think tank (experts and former policymakers) urged the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to "stand firm" in disapproval of Russia's annexation of Crimea because the action has undermined the post-World War II international relations principle of prohibiting changes to the status quo by force.
Against Russia, the members urged the government to employ tough measures in collaboration with other Group of Seven members despite concern that doing so would negatively affect negotiations for the return of four Russia-held, Japan-claimed islands off Hokkaido.
The Ukrainian Issue and Japan’s Diplomacy http://www.jfir.or.jp/e/commentary/140701.pdf
The Policy recommendations http://www.jfir.or.jp/e/pr/pdf/37.pdf .
During the meeting, the Ambassador thanked the policymakers for clear, firm position, which coincides with the position of progressive humanity, discussed the current situation in Ukraine, the apparent inability of the UN Security Council, and agreed that the current security challenges are common, particularly at the present time.
The sides agreed that NATO and the US-Japan alliance should play a key role in the Global security policy, and Japan, as a country of world pacifism, should and must provide a significant contribution to the security and world order.
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