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TOKYO, February 7 (Itar-Tass) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Tuesday vowed to continue negotiations with Russia on the issue of the South Kurils ownership and to conclude a post-World War II bilateral peace treaty with Russia. He made this statement at a national rally for the return of the Northern Territories here.
“We’ll continue to make steady and determined efforts to move ahead with negotiations,” Noda said, in particular.
According to the Japanese government's decision, the nationwide “Northern Territories Day” is held annually on February 7 because on the same day in 1855 the first Russian-Japanese agreement was signed. Taking part in this action are the government ministers, MPs from the ruling and opposition political parties, former residents of the South Kuril Islands. Similar rallies are held in other cities in Japan.
February 7 is a special day for the Japanese ultra-nationalists that ride in buses around the Japanese capital on Tuesday with the propagandist slogans, singing through powerful loudspeakers the old military marches and making anti-Russian cries. Their behaviour becomes especially noisy at the Russian Embassy, which is guarded by police squads. The policemen do to allow the ultra-right buses to the embassy, blocking streets with movable metal barriers.