Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged to accelerate efforts to seek a World War II peace treaty and to reach an agreement on a disputed island chain.
"We believe it is important to patiently continue the search 26.
"Solving it is not easy But we would like to refer to it in the lifetime of our generation, "Abe said of the dispute over the island chain, which calls the Northern Territories and Moscow calls to the Southern Kuriles.
Because of the dispute, a formal WWII peace treaty has yet to be sign
The two countries started discussing the island dispute in 1956. Abe's late father, Shintaro Abe ̵
"The Japanese and the Russians want to be able to reap the fruits of the joint work on the islands," Abe said.
The two leaders agreed in December 2016 to make consultations on joint projects on the islands
Putin and Abe.
Putin and Abe said they would "assist" in Japan Thus, the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2018 on May 25 and held talks with members of the Russian-Japanese business council as the two leaders looked for ways to boost economic cooperation.
The Kremlin said: Representatives of the two countries signed 11
Officials said the leaders also discussed the North Korea Crisis, with "Putin calling on countries to show"
"Most important is for North Korea to carry out full and irreversible denuclearization," Abe said.
The comments come as uncertainty about reigns a potential summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un.
Trump canceled a Planned June 12 meeting, but later summed up.
With reporting by AFP, AP, and Interfax