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Foreign Policy With Eye to US Means Misery for Japan: Former Prime Minister | World | RIA Novosti

“‘When I was the foreign [sic] minister of Japan, the situation was similar – the Japanese government, in particular the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, always had to keep an eye on the position of the United States. By doing this, we – the Japanese diplomacy – will lose our independence, Japan taking such a position will lead to misery, it is a misery for us,’ [Yukio] Hatoyama said during a meeting with the speaker of the lower chamber of the Russian parliament, Sergei Naryshkin.

Naryshkin in turn said that Russia knew from the very beginning that Japan only joined the sanctions against Moscow under strong pressure from the United States and that the same thing happened to the European Union.

The Russian parliamentarian said that such a situation has a negative impact on bilateral relations.

‘Japan is a big and strong country with a developed economy, a country with a highly educated population which has all the means to conduct a fully independent [foreign] policy, independent from its American partners,’ Naryshkin explained.”

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