Aug 26, 2016

Electricity to be restored on Sakhalin Island after three-day outage

Residents on the Russian island of Sakhalin face restored electricity supplies on Saturday, three days after an outage plunged most of the island into darkness. A power transmission line failed in the early hours on Wednesday, leaving 12 districts without electricity, including the towns ...

Hokkaido photographer documents neighboring Sakhalin

Nov 12, 2015

Hokkaido photographer documents neighboring Sakhalin

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Photographer Masayoshi Saito has spent the past decade shooting the rugged expanses of Sakhalin Island, with the hope that his images will create better understanding between the Russian and Japanese people. Saito, 60, a retired local government official in Hokkaido, has had to overcome ...

Historic Japan-Sakhalin seabed cables now damaged, hazards to fishermen

Sep 4, 2015

Historic Japan-Sakhalin seabed cables now damaged, hazards to fishermen

Disused undersea telecommunications cables from before the war are becoming a headache for fishermen in Hokkaido when they inadvertently hook sections lying on the seabed, tearing their nets. Historians nevertheless are pleased to see the artifacts from Japanese prewar history. For Yasushi Shimizu, 42, ...

Taiho statue to be donated to his birthplace on Russian island

Jul 11, 2014

Taiho statue to be donated to his birthplace on Russian island

A bronze statue of the late sumo great Taiho will be donated to his birthplace on the Russian island Sakhalin at the initiative of supporters here. The 2.27-meter-high statue, which weighs 260 kg, was unveiled at a ceremony on Friday. Local sculptor Toshio Kamada ...

Russia ties deepening over energy, security

Jan 15, 2014

Russia ties deepening over energy, security

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Just 160 km from the northern tip of Hokkaido, Sakhalin is a desolate island that has long been ignored by world powers. Remnants of Japanese shrines are reminders that the island was governed by Imperial Japan until the end of World War II. Now ...

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 ...