Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during their meeting in Nagato on December 15, 2016. (AFP / POOL / Alexander Zemlianichenko)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Japan on Thursday for a two-day summit that marks his first official visit to a G-7 country since Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea.Abe has invited Putin even though the G-7 nations, including Japan, still have sanctions on Russia.Japan says the Soviet Union took the islands illegally at the end of World War II, expelling 17,000 Japanese to nearby Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan's four main islands.Putin told Japanese journalists earlier this week that progress hinges on Japan's flexibility to compromise, and that he doesn't mind the status quo. Japan hopes that stronger ties through joint economic projects will help resolve the thorny territorial issue over time.
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