Aoi Kisaka, secretary general of the Chishima
Foundation for Creative Osaka, a group playing a major role in the effort, said the flurry of artwork on building facades and other places 'began seven or eight years ago in response to a street artist who requested they be allowed to paint graffiti in the town.'
Hokkaido is less densely populated than Japan's main island, Honshu, home to the country's capital, Tokyo, but officials said tsunamis from an earthquake in the Chishima
trench could affect both islands.
Stalin's Red Army nonetheless invaded the Chishima
Islands, and has occupied them, Southern Karafuto (or Southern Sakhalin), and the islands of Etorofu, Kunashiri, Shikotan, and Habomai - which had never been part of the Russian Empire or the Soviet Union at any point in history - ever since.
Joseph Stalin's Red Army nonetheless invaded the Chishima
Islands, and has occupied them, Southern Karafuto (or Southern Sakhalin), and the islands of Etorofu, Kunashiri, Shikotan, and Habomai -- which had never been part of the Russian empire or the Soviet Union at any point in history -- ever since.
(The Japanese name for the Kuriles is Chishima
Rettoo, which translates as the "Thousand Islands.") The Russian authorities mounted their first official expedition in 1738 under Martin Spanberg, which got as far as the main island of Japan but with little follow up.
For instance, the Treaty of the Exchange of Karafuto and Chishima
in 1875, concluded between Russia and Japan, prompted the two states to settle the national affiliations of the native people in those regions (Egawa et al., 1989:182-183).
Compensation for fighting the Japanese in Manchukuo, Karafuto and Chishima
promised to be considerable -- South Sakhalin and the Kurile Islands were to become Russian once more.
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.
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