TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2013

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (r.) shakes hands with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a signing ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow. Many new circumstances are driving Moscow and Tokyo to take a fresh look at one another, despite the debate that has raged since the end of World War II about the rightful ownership of the Kuril Islands. Kirill Kudryavtsev/Reuters