Aug 24, 2016

Japanese man gets OK to leave Russian-held isle

A Japanese man who was questioned by authorities on Russian-held Kunashiri Island has been cleared to return home, Japan’s Foreign Ministry said Wednesday. The interpreter had been kept on the island, one of four off Hokkaido that are claimed by Japan, during a visit ...

Sep 1, 2015

Russia-seized salmon boat to be returned today

A Japanese salmon boat and its 11 crew members seized by Russian authorities July 17 for alleged illegal fishing will return home Tuesday, the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo said Monday. The Russian Foreign Ministry’s Sakhalin office also confirmed its planned return on Tuesday. A ...

/ Aug 13, 2014

Japan to protest Russia's military drills on disputed islands

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday the government will lodge a protest with Russia over military exercises on an islet chain off Hokkaido at the heart of a territorial dispute. Calling the military exercises on the Northern Territories “totally unacceptable,” Abe told reporters in ...

Ex-islanders set off for Russia-held Kunashiri on visa-free trip

May 24, 2014

Ex-islanders set off for Russia-held Kunashiri on visa-free trip

A group of 65 people, including former residents of Russian-held islands claimed by Japan off Hokkaido, left the port of Nemuro on Saturday bound for Kunashiri, one of the disputed isles, under a visa-free exchange program. The members, including former Diet lawmaker Muneo Suzuki, ...

Student seeks Japan-Russia isle thaw

Feb 10, 2014

Student seeks Japan-Russia isle thaw


For Yuki Nishida, 23, the Soviet Union and Russia had long been the frightening foes who seized Kunashiri Island, where his grandmother lived, after Japan’s World War II surrender. His 78-year-old grandmother routinely told Nishida about her agonizing days in 1945 when the Soviets ...

China rise may break Russia impasse: expert

Oct 4, 2013

China rise may break Russia impasse: expert


China’s growing economic and military might may pose a threat to Japan, but it also works in Tokyo’s favor when it comes to settling a long-standing territorial dispute with Russia, a former high-ranking diplomat told a recent symposium in Tokyo. Kazuhiko Togo, who used ...

/ Jul 8, 2013

Putin expected to visit disputed Kunashiri next week

Russian President Vladimir Putin might visit one of the four Russian-held islands claimed by Japan next week, a person affiliated with a group of former residents who just returned from visiting the islands said Monday. Toyama Prefectural Assemblyman Hisayoshi Ono, who headed the group, ...

/ Mar 30, 2013

U.S. firm to build wind power plant on Kunashiri

A U.S. firm has won an order for a wind power plant to be built on Kunashiri Island, one of the four-Russian held islands Japan wants returned, a senior Sakhalin Province official said Friday. Sakhalin Machinery LLC, owned by Alabama-based Tiger Machinery LLC, received ...