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The Foreign Ministry said Tuesday it has filed a protest with Nippon Television Network Corp. after the chief of the Moscow bureau of an affiliated broadcaster used a Russian visa to visit Etorofu Island, one of four Russian-held islands off Hokkaido.

The ministry said it has confirmed that the bureau chief entered Etorofu last Saturday with a Russian visa and described the act as “being extremely regrettable.”

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