Japan to conduct trial tour to Russian-held isles from Wednesday

National Oct 8, 2019

Japan to conduct trial tour to Russian-held isles from Wednesday

A trial sightseeing tour to two of four Russian-held islands off Hokkaido at the center of a decadeslong territorial row between Tokyo and Moscow will take place between Wednesday and Oct. 16, the Japanese government has said. Around 50 Japanese nationals will participate in the ...

Economic study group wraps up first tour of disputed isles off Hokkaido

National Jul 1, 2017

Economic study group wraps up first tour of disputed isles off Hokkaido

A group of government officials and private-sector experts concluded their first economic study of the four disputed islands off Hokkaido, saying possibilities had been spotted for joint activity with the Russians. "I am seeing big potential for future development," said tour leader Eiichi Hasegawa, a ...

National / Politics 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. The ...

National / Politics Aug 24, 2015

Abe bemoans visit to disputed isles by Medvedev

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday criticized the visit by Russia's prime minister to one of the islands disputed by Tokyo and Moscow, but added he "will continue dialogue" with President Vladimir Putin to resolve the issue. "It is extremely regrettable . . . hurting ...