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 ...

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 ...

Ex-islanders set off for Russia-held Kunashiri on visa-free trip

National May 24, 2014

Ex-islanders set off for Russia-held Kunashiri on visa-free trip

A group of 65 people, including former residents of Russian-held islands claimed by Japan off Hokkaido, left the port of Nemuro on Saturday bound for Kunashiri, one of the disputed isles, under a visa-free exchange program. The members, including former Diet lawmaker Muneo Suzuki, a ...