Japanese Minister to Visit Russia’s Kuril Islands
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Ichita Yamamoto, Japan’s state minister in charge of territorial issues, will visit Russia’s Southern Kuril islands on September 19-23.
Yamamoto will hold discussions with local officials and inspect infrastructure, Kyodo reported, citing a government source as saying Wednesday.
He will travel to the islands, known as the Southern Kurils in Russia and as the Northern Territories in Japan, along with former Japanese residents under a visa-free program aimed at promoting exchanges with Russian islanders.
The Kuril Islands dispute, also known as the Northern Territories dispute, is a dispute between Japan and the Russian Federation over sovereignty over the South Kuril Islands.
The disputed islands, which were annexed by Soviet forces during the Manchurian Strategic Offensive Operation at the end of World War II, are currently under the Russian administration as South Kuril District of the Sakhalin Oblast.