by Brian Scherschel
At the Eastern Economic Forum this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, “Let’s conclude a peace treaty before the end of this year, without any pre-conditions.” PM Abe did not reply directly. Some media outlets wrote that Putin was merely “trolling” the Prime Minister.
The Japanese government later stated that their position on the Kuril Islands has not changed. The majority of Japanese polled said that they did not support the idea of “no pre-conditions”. Russia and Japan have still not signed a peace treaty, even though World War II ended 73 years ago.
Japan and the Soviet Union restored diplomatic relations in October of 1956. The Sputnik satellite was launched in October of 1957. The landmark Japanese tokusatsu movie “The Mysterians” came out in late December of 1957 for New Year’s Holiday.
“The Mysterians” is a tokusatsu treasure. It’s so exciting, polished, and fresh! I’ll analyze the topic of Japanese-Soviet relations up to 1956, because the issue was on the minds of many people in Japan in the two years before this. I’ll examine the agreement the two countries signed in 1956, and then what the obstacles are to a future peace treaty.
Check Kaijuvision Radio at noon Eastern next Wednesday to listen to this incredible episode for an incredible movie!