Ex-residents Return From Russian-held Islands

Ex-residents return from Russian-held islands

Former Japanese residents of four Russian-held islands claimed by Japan have returned to Hokkaido after visiting their ancestors' graves on the islands.

The flights are part of an agreement reached at a Japan-Russia summit in April 2017 to help ease the travel burden for the elderly visitors.

Typhoon Krosa Lingers Over Ogasawara Islands

Typhoon Krosa lingers over Ogasawara Islands

Japanese weather officials are warning of fierce winds and rough seas as a large and powerful typhoon is almost stationary around the Ogasawara Islands in the Pacific.

They say severe weather is expected to continue through Monday with high waves and thunderstorms.

Typhoon Krosa Approaching Ogasawara Islands

Typhoon Krosa approaching Ogasawara Islands

Japanese weather officials are warning of rough seas as a large and powerful typhoon approaches the Ogasawara Islands in the Pacific.

The Meteorological Agency says Typhoon Krosa will retain strength as it moves slowly to the north, bringing strong winds and rough seas to the islands through Monday.

Ex-japanese Residents Fly To Russian-held Islands

Ex-Japanese residents fly to Russian-held islands

Former Japanese residents of four Russian-held islands claimed by Japan have arrived in the territory to visit the graves of their ancestors.

A group of 67 people, including government officials, left Nakashibetsu Airport in the northern prefecture of Hokkaido for the islands by chartered Russian plane before 8:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Lekima Moving Away From Okinawa's Remote Islands

Lekima moving away from Okinawa's remote islands

Typhoon Lekima is moving away from remote islands in Japan's southwestern prefecture of Okinawa. But weather officials are urging caution for strong winds, high waves and storm surges.

The Meteorological Agency says that as of 9 a.m. on Friday, Lekima was about 260 kilometers north of Ishigaki Island and was moving northwest at 30 kilometers per hour.

Lekima Heading North Off Okinawa's Remote Islands

Lekima heading north off Okinawa's remote islands

Violent wind from Typhoon Lekima has been battering remote islands in Japan's southwestern prefecture of Okinawa. The Meteorological Agency continues to warn of very strong winds, high waves, and storm surges.

The agency says that as of 6 a.m. on Friday, Lekima was situated 190 kilometers north of Ishigaki Island.

Typhoon Hits Okinawa's Remote Islands; 4 Injured

Typhoon hits Okinawa's remote islands; 4 injured

Violent wind from a typhoon is battering remote islands in Japan's southwestern prefecture of Okinawa. Four people have been injured.

The Meteorological Agency says that as of 9 p.m. on Thursday, Typhoon Lekima was situated 80 kilometers east of Ishigaki Island.

Over 50% Of Russians: 4 Islands Belong To Russia

Over 50% of Russians: 4 islands belong to Russia

More than half the respondents in a Russian opinion poll said the four Russian-controlled islands claimed by Japan belong to Russia, while more than 40 percent said the countries should negotiate an agreement.

The Japanese Foreign Ministry commissioned research agencies to carry out opinion polls in various countries, including Russia. In the Russian poll, conducted by telephone in February, 3,600 people aged between 18 and 69 responded.

Gsdf Units Deployed In Southwestern Islands

GSDF units deployed in southwestern islands

Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force units have been deployed to the country's southwestern islands to improve emergency response in the region.

An inauguration ceremony for the launch of a 400-personnel patrol unit was held on Tuesday, in Miyakojima, Okinawa Prefecture.

Japan Protests Russian Military Drills On Islands

Japan protests Russian military drills on islands

Japan's government has lodged a protest through diplomatic channels against Russia's military drills on the islands of Etorofu and Kunashiri. The two islands are among the Northern Territories. Russia controls the four islands. Japan claims them.

The Japanese government maintains the islands are an inherent part of Japan's territory. It says the islands were illegally occupied after World War Two.

Soviet Union Intended 2 Islands' Handover Early

Soviet Union intended 2 islands' handover early

Documents obtained by NHK show that the leadership of the Soviet Union was prepared to offer the handover of two of the four islands claimed by Japan as its biggest concession before negotiations on normalizing diplomatic ties in the 1950s.

Documents dated June 2, 1955, shortly before the start of the talks, say that the Soviet Union could open to negotiations on the handover of Habomai and Shikotan. But it involved the condition that foreign military bases would not be placed on the islands.

Former Residents Express Hope For Islands' Return

Former residents express hope for islands' return

Former Japanese residents of four Russian-held islands claimed by Japan have expressed their hope for the return of the islands.

They spoke to NHK ahead of the summit between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday evening.

Japan Protests New Houses On Disputed Islands

Japan protests new houses on disputed islands

Japan has protested to Russia over its recent construction of housing complexes for military personnel on two of the four Russian-held islands claimed by Japan.

Russia's Defense Ministry said on Monday that the complexes were built for military units deployed on the islands of Etorofu and Kunashiri.