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Do both countries have a particluar hot spot that existed in the past, and if so, does it still exist now? Have their wars historically been bloody or transient, and are they now considered "friends"?

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I'm having trouble understanding what you're asking. Could you clarify? – American Luke Nov 12 '12 at 13:50
I tried to modify the question to make it more complete. Let me know if I missed the mark on what you were trying to ask. – Steven Drennon Nov 12 '12 at 14:02
please tell me what you missed , i ll clarify,i mean by hot spot is war front, – md nth Nov 12 '12 at 14:07
thanks T.E.D. for the advice,i don't know that, i ll recheck. – md nth Dec 5 '12 at 12:44
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Rather than saying they had X number of wars, it would probably be more accurate to say that the two countries had a continuous ongoing conflict from 1895 until 1947, with occassional brief breaks for recuperation and retooling. In fact, the territorial disputes didn't even really end there, but the fighting did due to the Cold War.

Since then I think just about all the disputes have been resolved, save for the status of four small islands near Sakhalin.

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Russia and Japan had one war, and several smaller scale conflicts, in the 50 years between 1895-1945. They are NOT natural enemies.

Their emnity arose out of the power vacuum created by the collapse of China in the lat 19th, early 20th century. This caused them to both covet Manchuria, for two different reasons.

Russia wanted a warm water port on the Pacific. Port Arthur (in Manchuria, leased from China) served the purpose. Vladivostok (ice-bound for four months of the year), did not. Japan wanted the Manchurian INLAND for its natural resources and living space. That was the cause of the 1904-05 war.

China has since "woken up" and re-asserted her claim to Manchuria, thereby removing the main source of emnity between Russia and Japan.

It is noteworthy that although there were two "border incidents" before World War II, Russia and Japan had, and observed a non-aggression pact for most of the war (until Germany was defeated). Essentially, they both had "other fish to fry."

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Two wars. The Russo Japanese War and the tail end of WWII when Russia took Manchuria away. – Oldcat Nov 19 '14 at 1:29
@Oldcat: I'd say one "full scale" war plus "smaller scale conflicts," including Nominhan, and 1945. I qualified 1945 by saying "until Germany was defeated." Russia's "excuse" was that Japan wouldn't surrender to the Allies and that she was "piling on." But she stopped when everyone else did. – Tom Au Nov 19 '14 at 2:41

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