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 / Politics Jan 22, 2016

South Korea raps Japan's renewed claim over disputed islets

South Korea on Friday rapped Japan for renewing its territorial claim over a pair of South Korea-controlled islets in the Sea of Japan. South Korea's Foreign Ministry issued a statement criticizing Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida for making remarks repeating Japan's claim to the Takeshima ...

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 Jul 21, 2015

Japan protests Russian minister's visit to disputed isle

The government has lodged a protest over the recent visit by Russia's health care minister to one of the disputed islands off Hokkaido claimed by Japan, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Tuesday. Suga called Saturday's trip by Veronika Skvortsova to Shikotan "extremely regrettable" and ...