Japan calls on Russia to return all Southern Kuril Islands


Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said that Tokyo is seeking recognition of Japanese sovereignty over all the islands of the southern part of Kuril Islands.

“We come from the fact that these islands are ancestral territory of our country. Based on this position, we demand recognition of Japanese sovereignty over them,” Kishida said.

Tokyo also states that the islands of Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan, and Habomai do not belong to the Kuril Islands archipelago, but rather are the continuation of the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. As a result, Tokyo insisted on transferring these territories to Japan.

On September 23 it was reported that Japan’s position on the necessity of returning all the four islands of the southern Kurils to Japan remains unchanged.

In 1956, the Soviet Union and Japan signed a Joint Declaration, which stipulated that after signing the peace treaty Japan will get islands Habomai and Shikotan.

The idea of transferring the first two islands to Japan, as stipulated in the Declaration of 1956, was discussed in 2001 at a meeting of leaders of Russia and Japan, Vladimir Putin and Yoshiro Mori. However, after Koizumi came to power, the idea was shelved.

Source: glavpost.com