Sep 7, 2015

Putin visit this year now seen as unlikely

The government is facing growing difficulties in arranging a visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin this year, which Tokyo hopes would help break the impasse in the long-standing dispute over four Russian-held islands off Hokkaido. The government has been trying to continue dialogue with ...

Aug 25, 2015

Japan says Russian official's suicide remark 'unproductive'

Japan’s top government spokesman on Tuesday expressed his displeasure over a high-ranking Russian official’s Twitter posting in which he used a word for ritual suicide once practiced in Japan after Tokyo criticized the Russian prime minister’s visit to a disputed island. “I was surprised. ...

Jul 24, 2015

Medvedev may visit Russian-held isles off Hokkaido

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev indicated Thursday he plans to inspect economic development on some of the Kuril Islands, including the four claimed by Japan. The inspection may be designed to demonstrate Russia’s effective control of the four islands, which were occupied by Soviet ...