Russian-Japanese conflict around Pacific island arises again

14:10, 15 February 2016
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Tokyo and Moscow appear to be making a fresh push to resolve a dispute over the four disputed Southern Kuril islands in Russia and the Northern Territories in Japan, according to Ukraine Today.

"Today I would like to hold with Deputy Morgulov fruitful talks that will help push forward the current progress in negotiations", said Chikahito Harada,  Japanese vice minister and envoy on Russian-Japanese bilateral issues, Ukraine Today reported.

The islands were seized at the end of World War Two by the Soviet army. At the time, about 17,000 Japanese resided there. Today, the population is estimated to be 14,000 Russians.

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