• Kyodo


Some 570 participants in the latest cruise run by the nongovernmental organization Peace Boat departed here Thursday on a voyage that will take in Kunashiri Island, snubbing a Foreign Ministry request to stay away from the disputed Russian-held territory.

With permission from the Sakhalin provincial government, tour participants will make a special visa-free trip to Kunashiri, which is controlled by Russia but claimed by Japan, after visiting North Korea, South Korea and Sakhalin, Peace Boat officials said.

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