Will Gorbachev Ask Tokyo To Play `Let's Make A Deal'?

In most real estate markets, they wouldn't be worth much: Four rocky islands of the Kuril chain that are sterile and desolate outposts in the chilly North Pacific, just off Japan. But ever since Stalin grabbed them from the Japanese at the end of World War II, they've symbolized the stubborn hostility that has marked relations between Japan and the Soviet Union.

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