Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko arrived in Tokyo on Monday (23 January) for talks with Japanese leaders.
Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko arrived in Tokyo on Monday (23 January) for talks with Japanese leaders. At the airport to welcome him was his Japanese counterpart, Mr. Takeo Fukuda. it's expected that during his six days of talks in the Japanese capital, Mr. Gromyko will face strong Japanese pressure for the return of four small island groups off Japan's northern tip which were captured by Soviet troops during the final days of the Second World War.
SYNOPSIS: But Japanese official said Mr. Gromyko has previously been reluctant to make the visit because he expected Japanese leaders to raise long-standing demands for the return of war-lost territory.
It's expected to be a subject now. At issue are four Japanese islands which were captured by the Russians in the last days of World War Two. Some officials feel, however, that Mr. Gromyko may propose that the question be shelved, as he reportedly looks upon it as a barrier to improved relations between the two countries. Japanese officials believe Mr. Gromyko's sudden decision to visit Tokyo is closely linked with president Nixon's trip to Peking next month.