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The Latest: Abe visits father's grave ahead of Putin visit

  • Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, gestures while speaking to Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting at a hot springs resort in Nagato, western Japan, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016. Despite continued sanctions on Russia, Abe is eager to make progress on a 70-year-old territorial dispute that has kept their countries from signing a peace treaty formally ending World War II. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, pool)

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, gestures while speaking to Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting at a hot springs resort in Nagato, western Japan, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016. Despite continued sanctions on Russia, Abe is eager to make progress on a 70-year-old territorial dispute that has kept their countries from signing a peace treaty formally ending World War II. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, poses with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, and his wife, Akie, for the media upon his arrival at a hot springs resort for a meeting in Nagato, Japan, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016. The leaders of Russia and Japan held talks on a territorial dispute that has divided their countries for 70 years. For Putin, the summit meeting marks his first official visit to a G-7 country since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014. (Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool Photo via AP)

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, poses with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, and his wife, Akie, for the media upon his arrival at a hot springs resort for a meeting in Nagato, Japan, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016. The leaders of Russia and Japan held talks on a territorial dispute that has divided their countries for 70 years. For Putin, the summit meeting marks his first official visit to a G-7 country since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014. (Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, poses with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, and his wife, Akie, for the media upon his arrival at a hot springs resort for a meeting in Nagato, Japan, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016. The leaders of Russia and Japan held talks on a territorial dispute that has divided their countries for 70 years. For Putin, the summit meeting marks his first official visit to a G-7 country since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014. (Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool Photo via AP)

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, poses with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, and his wife, Akie, for the media upon his arrival at a hot springs resort for a meeting in Nagato, Japan, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016. The leaders of Russia and Japan held talks on a territorial dispute that has divided their countries for 70 years. For Putin, the summit meeting marks his first official visit to a G-7 country since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014. (Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

The Latest on Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Japan (all times local):

4:35 p.m.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has visited his father's grave while waiting for Russian President Vladimir Putin to arrive for a two-day summit.

Abe said Thursday on his Facebook page that he paid respects at the grave in his ancestral hometown of Nagato in western Japan. Putin's flight was delayed.

Abe wrote, "Looks like the president's arrival is being delayed, I used the time to visit the grave and reported to my father who devoted his late career to push for a peace treaty."

His father is former Foreign Minister Shintaro Abe, who pushed for resolution of a territorial dispute between the two countries.

During the talks Thursday and Friday, Abe hopes to make progress on the dispute over islands that kept Japan and Russia from signing a peace treaty formally ending wartime hostilities.