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Japanese visitors returned to Hokkaido on Saturday from a shortened trip to two of four Russian-held islands claimed by Japan due to expected bad weather.

“The nature was fantastic and it was an enormously valuable experience,” said Mamoru Takahashi, a 79-year-old Tokyo resident who with 43 others, including government officials, arrived at the port of Nemuro in eastern Hokkaido. The trip began on Tuesday.

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