Former Residents Rally For Return Of Islands

Former residents rally for return of islands

Former Japanese residents of four Russian-held islands claimed by Japan have held a rally in Tokyo and pledged to continue calling for the return of the islands.

About 500 former residents gathered in Hibiya Park on Sunday. December 1 is the day a Hokkaido city mayor submitted a petition for returning the four islands to Japan in 1945, shortly after the end of World War Two.

Trial Tour Of Russia-held Islands Begins

Trial tour of Russia-held islands begins

A group of Japanese people has begun a trial sightseeing tour of two of the four Russian-held islands claimed by Japan.

The Japanese government organized the first tour of its kind as part of efforts to promote joint economic activities by Japan and Russia on the four islands.

Delayed Tour To Russian-held Islands May Go Ahead

Delayed tour to Russian-held islands may go ahead

Japan is making final arrangements with Russia to reschedule a postponed trial sightseeing tour to two of the four Russian-held islands claimed by Japan.

The tour for Japanese nationals would be the first of its kind. The Japanese government hopes the program will help promote Japan-Russia economic activities on the four islands and increase momentum toward the signing of a peace treaty.

Japan Announces Trial Tour To Russian-held Islands

Japan announces trial tour to Russian-held islands

Japan's Foreign Ministry announced a plan on Monday for a trial sightseeing tour of Russian-held islands claimed by Japan.

The tour was agreed to by Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin in June, as part of joint economic activity programs on the islands.

Typhoon Mitag Approaches Sakishima Islands

Typhoon Mitag approaches Sakishima Islands

Weather officials in Japan are warning of violent winds and rough seas as Typhoon Mitag is expected to come close to the Sakishima Islands in the southern prefecture of Okinawa on Monday night.

The Japan Meteorological Agency says that as of noon on Monday, Mitag was moving northwest over waters south of Okinawa's Yonaguni Island at a speed of 20 kilometers per hour.

Typhoon Mitag Approaching Sakishima Islands

Typhoon Mitag approaching Sakishima Islands

Typhoon Mitag is expected to move close to the Sakishima Islands in the southern Japanese prefecture of Okinawa on Monday.

The Japanese Meteorological Agency says that as of 6 p.m. Sunday, Mitag was moving northwest over waters east of the Philippines at a speed of 20 kilometers per hour.

Tokyo Govt. Assesses Damage On Izu Islands

Tokyo govt. assesses damage on Izu islands

Tokyo officials are hurrying to assess damage brought earlier this week by Typhoon Faxai on the Izu chain of Pacific islands, where villages and towns are under the jurisdiction of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

The typhoon swept over the region on Monday morning.

Typhoon Lingling Pummels Okinawan Islands

Typhoon Lingling pummels Okinawan islands

Powerful typhoon Lingling is moving north near the main island of Japan's subtropical Okinawa Prefecture. It has already pummeled Miyakojima and nearby islands, leaving about 20,000 households without power.

Japan's Meteorological Agency says Lingling was over waters 180 kilometers west-northwest of Kumejima island as of 4 a.m. on Friday. Kumejima is west of the main island of Okinawa.

Typhoon Faxai Approaching Ogasawara Islands

Typhoon Faxai approaching Ogasawara Islands

Japanese weather officials say a typhoon is approaching the Ogasawara Islands, southeast of Tokyo.

The meteorological agency says Typhoon Faxai was moving northwest on Saturday at a speed of 35 kilometers per hour about 200 kilometers east of Chichijima Island, one of the Ogasawara Islands.

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.