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Japan and Russia to step up talks on economic activity on disputed isles

National / Politics Apr 23, 2019

Japan and Russia to step up talks on economic activity on disputed isles

Japan and Russia have agreed to start new working-level talks regarding joint economic activity on the four disputed islands off Hokkaido, Foreign Ministry officials said. The director-level task force, launched separately from an existing working-level dialogue involving higher-level officials, is intended to boost coordination on ...

Russian envoy claims Japan's sanctions violate 1956 declaration

National / Politics Mar 21, 2019

Russian envoy claims Japan's sanctions violate 1956 declaration

Tokyo's sanctions against Russia violate the 1956 Japan-Soviet Joint Declaration, Russian Ambassador to Japan Mikhail Galuzin claimed Wednesday. In his speech at a members-only event organized by the Research Institute of Japan, a Jiji Press affiliate, Galuzin argued that the Japanese sanctions contradict the statement's ...

Russia begins military drill on disputed islands off Hokkaido

National / Politics Mar 12, 2019

Russia begins military drill on disputed islands off Hokkaido

The Russian military on Tuesday launched an exercise on Etorofu and Kunashiri, two of the four Russian-held islands off Hokkaido claimed by Japan, according to the Interfax news agency. Some 500 troops from machine gun and artillery units participated in the drill, which included practicing ...