The Russian Defense Ministry's newspaper says the military fired new surface-to-ship missiles in a drill last autumn on one of the four Russian-controlled islands that Japan claims.
Krasnaya Zvezda reported on Wednesday that a missile unit belonging to the Russian Pacific Fleet conducted the exercise on Etorofu Island with the Bal system.
A counterterrorism drill with an emphasis on providing guidance in foreign languages has been held at Tokyo's Haneda airport in the lead up to the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games next year.
The drill was held on Wednesday at two railway stations that directly service the airport's international passenger terminal. About 250 people, including railway officials and police officers, took part.
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono says Japan has not altered its legal claim to four Russian-controlled islands, known as the Northern Territories, despite dropping a phrase from an annual foreign policy report.
Unlike in years past, the report does not state that "four Russian-controlled islands belong to Japan."
The Japanese government aircraft will be taken out of service at the end of this month. A ceremony was held on Sunday to mark the switch to the new planes.
The two Boeing 747-400s have been in service for more than 20 years. They were used for overseas trips by the Emperor and the prime minister, and have flown to 100 countries and regions around the world.
People in Los Angeles have paid tribute to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami that struck northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011.
More than 300 people attended a memorial ceremony held on Sunday in the US city's downtown area to coincide with the eighth anniversary of the disaster. Japanese living in the city have organized such an event every year to raise awareness of the disaster.
A ceremony to commemorate victims of the earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan in 2011 was held on Sunday in the city of Iwaki in Fukushima Prefecture.
The tsunami washed away more than 400 homes in the city's Toyoma district on March 11th, 2011. Seventy-six people died, and seven are still unaccounted for.
A senior Japanese government official has pledged to continue efforts to resolve a territorial dispute with South Korea over the Takeshima Islands in the Sea of Japan. South Korea controls the islands. Japan claims them.
Cabinet Office Parliamentary Vice-Minister Hiroshi Ando was speaking at an event on Friday to mark Japan's incorporation of the islands into Shimane Prefecture on February 22nd, 1905.