Japan, Russia hold talks to end strained relations

JOHANNESBURG - Japan and Russia are holding talks aimed at settling a dispute which has marred relations for more than 50 years.

Minister Shinzo Abe met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Vladivostok.

Both nations refused to sign a peace treaty at the end of the Second World War over disputed islands in the Pacific.

Last week, Japan released part of a loan to aid Russia's economic recovery.

Two country's militaries will be cooperating for the first time.