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 ...

Jun 22, 2016

Japan, Russia resume talks on postwar peace treaty

Senior Japanese and Russian officials agreed Wednesday to continue talks on a post-World War II peace treaty, with the two countries yet to formally end hostilities due to a territorial dispute over Russian-held, Japanese-claimed islands off Hokkaido. The next round of talks will be ...

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 ...