Russia releases five Japanese fishing boats seized off Hokkaido

National Dec 24, 2019

Russia releases five Japanese fishing boats seized off Hokkaido

Russia on Tuesday released five Japanese fishing boats seized in waters near Russian-held, Japan-claimed islands in mid-December. The release came after the crews of the boats paid a fine of some 6.4 million rubles (¥11 million) ordered by a Russian court Monday for violating regulations ...

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 Aug 24, 2016

Japanese man gets OK to leave Russian-held isle

A Japanese man who was questioned by authorities on Russian-held Kunashiri Island has been cleared to return home, Japan's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday. The interpreter had been kept on the island, one of four off Hokkaido that are claimed by Japan, during a visit under ...

National Sep 1, 2015

Russia-seized salmon boat to be returned today

A Japanese salmon boat and its 11 crew members seized by Russian authorities July 17 for alleged illegal fishing will return home Tuesday, the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo said Monday. The Russian Foreign Ministry's Sakhalin office also confirmed its planned return on Tuesday. A local court ...