Japanese protest against Russia in the Russo-Japanese dispute waters detention of Japanese citizens
Xinhua Tokyo, June 27 (reporter Wu Gufeng) Genba, Japanese Foreign Minister Koizumi said on the 27th, Japan Russia in the four northern islands (Russia said detained by the waters of the Southern Kuril Islands) containing two vessels of the Japanese citizens protest and Russia to release them as soon as possible.
Genba the afternoon at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs held the press conference said that the four northern islands is Japan’s inherent territory, the Russian search and detain action should not be allowed to carry out in these waters. Genba also said that this incident will not have much impact on the Russo-Japanese territorial negotiations.
of Japan in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Consulate General in the 26th received has informed Russia of the Russian Frontier Guard the same day morning in the waters near the island in the four northern islands country boat carrying two Japanese citizens the vessel stop for inspection, in the case of no response to detain the vessel, and seized a large quantity of dried sea cucumber from the ship.
Japan’s Kyodo News reported, Russia detained two Japanese fishermen of the city of Nemuro, Hokkaido, Japan, on board two Russian people, they may be suspected of smuggling of dried sea cucumber. Russian direction of Japan’s Foreign Ministry reported that two Japanese in good physical condition.
Japan and Russia in the four islands of the Kuril Islands on the sovereignty issue remains controversial. Kuril Islands, located between the Kamchatka Peninsula and Hokkaido Islands, south of Habomai, Shikotan, and after the country Etorofu four islands Japan calls the four northern islands (Russia, said the South Kuril Islands), the four islands in the Russian jurisdiction. the next. Over the years, Japan and Russia on the question of attribution of the four islands to each other.