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The Kurillian KnotA History of Japanese-Russian Border Negotiations$
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Hiroshi Kimura

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804758352

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804758352.001.0001

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The Gorbachev Years

The Gorbachev Years

(p.92) Chapter 6 The Gorbachev Years
The Kurillian Knot
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This chapter evaluates the service of Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev, who was general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU). His reputation for being more skilled at external than internal affairs was the result of many achievements in the field of diplomacy. During the Gorbachev period, Soviet politicians and bureaucrats adopted more benign and less arrogant attitudes and behavior toward Japan. Gorbachev enhanced relations with Japan, and as a result the Japanese view of the Soviet Union improved dramatically. At the time of his visit to Japan in April 1991, Gorbachev was successful on the negative point of not giving up the islands to Japan, but on the positive side was not able to secure any economic cooperation or aid from Japan.

Keywords:   Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev, CPSU, Japan, Soviet Union, diplomacy

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