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 ...

Jan 12, 2016

Former foreign minister passes Abe message to Putin

Former Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura has visited Moscow and passed a personal message from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to President Vladimir Putin. Komura met with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday morning and passed to him an envelope which he said contained a personal ...

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 ...