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With their annual visa-free visits on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, former residents of Russian-held islands off Hokkaido may get the chance to pay respects to their ancestors from the air on chartered flights instead, local officials said Wednesday.

The Hokkaido Prefectural Government is considering chartering a plane to be flown near the disputed islands in October to November, the officials said.

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