The Japanese name for the Kuriles is Chishima
Rettoo, which translates as the "Thousand Islands.
During Wednesday's meeting, Hatoyama also said that in the bilateral summit, Medvedev said Russia would not be adamant about the Yalta agreement and the Potsdam Declaration, the former of which stipulated that the Soviet Union would enter the war against Japan on the condition that the Kuril Islands, known in Japan as the Chishima
Islands, be handed over to it.
58 which had drifted off the northern part of the Chishima
islands chain in northern Japan are safe, according to both agencies.
We hope that Japanese and Russians will create the future of the islands together by overcoming difficulties,'' added Suzuki, who is also vice director general of the Union of Dwellers in Chishima
and Habomai Islands.
An estimated 182 Koreans were among the 956 people who died when the Imperial Japanese Army ship Taihei Maru sank off the Chishima
Islands chain (Kuril Islands chain) during World War II, the government said Friday.