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 ...

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 ...

High-ranking Russian officials visit island disputed by Japan

National / Politics Feb 27, 2019

High-ranking Russian officials visit island disputed by Japan

The Japanese government has lodged a protest with Russia over Tuesday's visits by senior Russian government officials to Shikotan, one of the four Pacific islands held by Russia and claimed by Japan, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday. Tokyo insisted that the visits conflict ...