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Abe's Russia policy faces a key test with territorial dispute

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia, Sept. 2.   © Reuters

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia Will it be another disappointment, or will there finally be some progress? Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will face a diplomatic moment of truth later this year when he hosts Russian President Vladimir Putin in a bid to break the deadlock over a long-standing territorial dispute.

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