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.

Russia Protests Marking Of Islands As Japanese

Russia protests marking of islands as Japanese

Russia's Foreign Ministry says it has lodged a protest with Tokyo for marking four Russian islands as Japanese territories in materials used at the G20 summit in Osaka.

Russia controls the four islands. Japan claims them.

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.

Russian Deputy Pm Denies Leaders' Talks On Islands

Russian deputy PM denies leaders' talks on islands

Russia's deputy prime minister has denied that the leaders of Japan and Russia have ever discussed the transfer of Russian-held islands.

Yury Trutnev, who also serves as presidential envoy to the Far East, was speaking to Russian media on Monday.

Suga Dismisses Putin's Remarks On 2 Islands

Suga dismisses Putin's remarks on 2 islands

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has dismissed Russian President Vladimir Putin's remarks on the possible return of 2 of the 4 Russian-held islands at the center of a long-running territorial dispute.

Putin said on Thursday that further discussions are needed regarding the sovereignty over the 2 islands that a decades-old declaration says will be handed over to Japan upon the conclusion of a bilateral peace treaty. He claimed that the declaration doesn't say anything about the islands' sovereignty.

Shoigu: Military Drills Excluded Islands

Shoigu: Military drills excluded islands

Russia's defense chief says the massive military exercises in September did not include islands claimed by Japan.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu made the remark in a meeting with the head of Japan's Self-Defense Forces, Katsutoshi Kawano, on Monday in Moscow.

Shoigu: Military Drills Excluded Disputed Islands

Shoigu: Military drills excluded disputed islands

Russia's defense chief says the massive military exercises in September did not include islands claimed by Japan.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu made the remark in a meeting with the head of Japan's Self-Defense Forces, Katsutoshi Kawano, on Monday in Moscow.

Typhoon Trami Approaches Japan's Main Islands

Typhoon Trami approaches Japan's main islands

Winds from the powerful Typhoon Trami are battering Japan's southern isles as it churns north toward the country's main islands.

Trami is expected to head toward western and eastern Japan through Sunday and Monday. It could possibly make landfall on the main islands on Sunday.