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 21, 2015

Japan protests Russian minister's visit to disputed isle

The government has lodged a protest over the recent visit by Russia’s health care minister to one of the disputed islands off Hokkaido claimed by Japan, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Tuesday. Suga called Saturday’s trip by Veronika Skvortsova to Shikotan “extremely regrettable” ...

May 19, 2015

Japanese visa-free visits to Russian-held isles halted

A visit this month by Japanese to the Russian-held islands off Hokkaido under a visa-free exchange program has been canceled due to Russia’s request for the submission of certain travel documents, sources said. The documents, which Russia says have become necessary due to legal ...

Mar 10, 2015

Russian-held islands 'shrink' by 33 sq. km

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The total area of the Russian-held islands off Hokkaido claimed by Japan has shrunk by about 33 sq. km — thanks to more accurate mapping techniques by the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan (GSI). The annual survey by the GSI, released Friday, found that ...

Feb 17, 2015

High-ranking official to attend Takeshima Day ceremony

The government is sending a high-ranking official to the ceremony this Sunday commemorating the day of Japan’s incorporation of the Takeshima islets, despite the organizer’s request for a Cabinet member. Eriko Yamatani, state minister in charge of territorial affairs, said Tuesday that Yohei Matsumoto, ...

Feb 10, 2015

Senior government official to attend Takeshima Day ceremony

The government plans to send a senior official to a ceremony this month commemorating the designation of two islets controlled by South Korea as Japanese territory. Yohei Matsumoto, a Cabinet Office parliamentary secretary, will take part in Takeshima Day on Feb. 22 in Matsue, ...