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  • The Japanese minister also said Wednesday Tokyo cannot accept visits this week by South Korean officials to another contested set of islands, known as the Kurils, which Japan claims, but Russia has occupied since the end of World War Two.

    Japan Protests S. Korean Visit to Disputed Isles

  • The Kurils are a long chain of islands that stretches south of Russia's Kamchatka peninsula.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • His visit is the first by a Russian or Soviet leader to a group of disputed islands just north of Hokkaido, known as the Southern Kurils in Russia and the Northern Territory in Japan.

    World Watch

  • While Russia controls the Southern Kurils, Japan has long claimed that they were Japanese territory unlawfully occupied by the Soviet Union after World War II.

    Japan Confronts Russia in Island Dispute

  • Mr. Medvedev's vist is the first by a Russian or Soviet leader to a group of disputed islands just north of Hokkaido, known as the Southern Kurils in Russia and the Northern Territory in Japan.

    Russian President Visits Disputed Island

  • Several hours later, the state news agency ITAR-Tass cited a Defense Ministry source as saying that some of the four Mistral assault ships that Russia has contracted to buy from France would be deployed in the Pacific Fleet, in part to defend the southern Kurils.

    Dmitry Medvedev speaks tough on disputed islands

  • Mr. Medvedev's visit would have been the first by a Russian or Soviet leader to the disputed islands just north of Hokkaido, known as the Southern Kurils in Russia and the Northern Territory in Japan.

    Japan Confronts Russia in Island Dispute

  • They carried signs reading, "Stop Dreaming of the Kurils."

    Russia, Japan Trade Insults Over Islands

  • Medvedev Visits Disputed Island Reigniting a long-simmering dispute between the two nations, Mr. Medvedev paid a visit Monday to one of the group of small islands just north of Hokkaido, known as the Northern Territories in Japan and as the Southern Kurils in Russia.

    Tokyo Recalls Moscow Envoy

  • They carried signs reading, "Stop Dreaming of the Kurils."

    Russia, Japan Trade Insults Over Islands

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