Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is due to visit Moscow to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, intending to push forward discussions on their territorial dispute which has seen “absolutely no progress” for more than 70 years. However, with a warning to Japan that it must recognize them as part of Russia's territory as a starting point for talks, Russia has thrown cold water on Tokyo's hopes for a quick return of the disputed islands in the Pacific with a stern stance. As fast-paced dynamics have placed Japan in a cradle of unpredictability with Washington’s unusual approach to its clingy Asian ally, and a Korean Peninsula swinging back and forth between its old quasi-war scenario and a new age of peace, will the Abe-Putin talks lead to a resolution of the dispute? Will the US set more barriers in this process? And how will Japan adjust itself in a dynamic changing Asia-Pacific region?

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