Japan at odds over 3 fronts - S.Kuril in the north, Diaoyudao in the south, and Take Is. with S.Korea. Clearly Russia and China in concerted actions against Japan. China has drifted from previous stance of supporting Japan's claim over "Northern Territory". Good synergy to perpetuate Russia's control of the islands. In the Go game, Japan gets more and more isolated. The Kurils.gif (45.2 KB)http://www.peopleforum.cn/redirect.php?tid=69776&goto=lastpost 2011-2-16 10:35 2011-2-16 10:36 At Tuesday's news briefing, Ma said the territorial row over the Northern Territories/Southern Kurils is a bilateral issue between Tokyo and Moscow. Japan's Sankei News said the joint development of China and Russia in the Northern Territories could create big hinder for the bilateral negotiation on peace treaty between Japan and Russia. Many Japanese netcitizens also criticized that Chinese companies fish in troubled waters. Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said late on Tuesday that the China-Russian business cooperation would impair Japan's interest if the report is ture. For now, the report has yet got confirmed by parties involved the joint venture. Previously, Japan has rejected Moscow's offer of inviting Japanese firms to develop the disputed islands and it also expressed strong objection to any third country's participation in the development. Tokyo and Moscow have been at odds over the islands of Etorofu, Kunashiri and Shikotan as well as the Habomai islet group, which were seized by the Soviet Union following Japan's surrender in World War II on Aug. 15, 1945.