Contents tagged with Japan

  • Japan condemns Russian Prime Minister’s visit to Kuril islands

    Japan sent a note of protest to Russian Ambassador Mikhail Galuzin over the visit of Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin to the South Kuril Island of Iturup, said Chief Cabinet Secretary of the Japanese government Katsunobu Kato.

    The Russian Prime Minister's trip to the disputed island "contradicts Japan's consistent position on the northern territories and is very regrettable," Kato said at a press conference in Tokyo. Japan’s Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, in turn, said that …

  • U.S. recognizes Russians born in Kuril Islands as Japanese

    The United States said that, for its Diversity Visa Program, residents of the South Kuril Islands will be considered to be natives of Japan.

    In the instructions for the Diversity Visa Program published by the U.S. Department of State, it is noted that “persons born in the Habomai Islands, Shikotan, Kunashiri, and Etorofu are chargeable to Japan”.

    At the same time, the program states  that “persons born in Southern Sakhalin are chargeable to Russia”.

    In turn, the Russian Foreign Ministry …

  • Russia deploys surface-to-air missiles on disputed Kuril Islands

    Russia has announced the deployment of advanced air defense missiles in the disputed Kuril Islands.

    The press service of the Russian Eastern Military District said in a statement that the S-300B4 anti-aircraft missile systems were put on combat duty in the Kuril Islands in addition to the short-range Tor M2 missile systems stationed there.

    The Zvezda (Star)TV channel of the Russian Defense Ministry reported that anti-aircraft missile systems are located on the island of Iturup, one of the …

  • Russia deploys S-300 missile systems to Kuril Islands

    As part of the exercise, the anti-aircraft missile unit of the Eastern Military District, equipped with the latest S-300V4 missile system, will be deployed to the Kuril Islands, announced the press service of the Eastern Military District.

    "The anti-aircraft missile division of the Eastern Military District stationed in the Jewish Autonomous Oblast began the exercise to relocate one of its units over a long distance," the district's press service said.

    As part of the exercise, the unit will …

  • Japan protests against Russia’s geological exploration near Kuril Islands

    Japan sent a note of protest to Russia because of the geological exploration in the Sea of Okhotsk, including near the Kuril Islands, said Chief Cabinet Secretary of the Japanese government, Yoshihide Suga. His speech was published on the website of the Japanese government.

    According to him, Tokyo is following Russia's actions in the region, which are not in compliance with Japan's position.

    "We sent our message to Russia, saying that it is not in compliance with the position of our country," …

  • Japan to provide $1.4 million worth of medical equipment to Ukrainian Armed Forces

    Japan will provide over $1.4 million worth of medical equipment to the Ukrainian Armed Forces, said the Ambassador of Japan to Ukraine Takashi Kurai during a meeting with Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Taran.

    "Through the UN mission in Ukraine, by the end of 2020, it is planned to deliver another batch of medical equipment to hospitals in Kharkiv, Lviv and Irpen at a cost of $1.4 million and provide appropriate training for medical personnel," reads Takashi Kurai's the statement published …

  • Japan to take part in Sea Breeze naval exercise in Ukraine for the first time

    For the first time, the Japan Self-Defense Forces will be taking part in the Sea Breeze 2020 naval exercise, which will be held in Ukraine this year, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry announced on its website.

    On Wednesday February 5, Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Zahorodniuk met with Jiro Hiroe, director of one of the departments of the Japanese ground forces command.

    During the meeting, the parties agreed that Japanese troops would participate in the Sea Breeze exercise this year. The …

  • Japan suspects Russian diplomats of spying

    The Japanese police believe that two members of the Russian trade office have been gathering secret information. This hypothesis was put forward after a former telecommunications company employee admitted that he had stolen and sold work-related information. The Russian embassy in Japan expressed regret that Japan has joined the “anti-Russian speculations on the topic of spy mania”.

    “We are sorry that Japan has joined the anti-Russian speculations popular in the West on the hackneyed topic of …

  • Japanese and South Korean fighter jets intercept Russian bombers

    Japan and South Korea scrambled fighters to escort two Russian strategic bombers over the neutral waters of the seas of Japan and East China, the Russian media reported on November 27, citing the Russian Defense Ministry.

    “At separate stages of the route, the crews of the Tu-95MSs were escorted by a few F-15, F-16 (South Korean Air Force) and F-2 (Japanese Air Force) fighters,” the TASS news agency wrote, citing the Russian Defense Ministry.

    On August 8, the UK’s Royal Air Force scrambled …

  • Russian Foreign Minister explains why peace treaty with Japan cannot be signed

    The conclusion of a peace treaty between Russia and Japan is hindered by the military-political alliance between Tokyo and Washington, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters in Nagoya, Japan. The broadcast of his speech was published on Twitter by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    "The military alliance with the United States, of course, is a problem in giving a new quality to Russian-Japanese relations," he said. The Minister recalled that when agreeing on the Soviet- …