Tue, November 30, 2010

Kuril islands dispute between Russian and Japan

Japanese ambassador leaves Moscow amidst Kurils controversy

MOSCOW, Nov. 2 -- Japan's ambassador to Russia Masaharu Kono is to leave for Tokyo shortly, Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday. Full story

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Facts about Kuril Islands

The islands, where fishery resources are rich, comprise Etorofu, Kunashiri, Shikotan and Habomai rocks, covering an area of 4,994 square km combined.

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