The four southernmost Kuril Islands-Kunashir, Iturup
, Shikotan and the rocky Habomai islets-are at the heart of a dispute that has spilled over into the Olympic world.
A renowned Japanese politician, Muneo Suzuki, who is in charge of dialogue with Russia and is considered as an unofficial adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Japanese-Russian relations, announced that Medvedev was expected to visit Iturup
, one of the Southern Kuril Islands, on August 1-2.
Two years ago, Artyom arrived to work on the island of Iturup
of the Great Kuril Ridge.
However, Tokyo disputes Russian claims over Iturup
, Kunashir and Shikotan islands as well as a number of smaller uninhabited islands called the Habomai Islands in Japan.
Tokyo claims ownership of the four southern Kuril islands, Iturup
, Kunashir, Shikotan and Habomai under the bilateral trade agreement of 1855.
The main issue standing in the way of a treaty is an agreement concerning a group of four islands that both countries claim - Iturup
, Kunashir, Shikotan and Habomai, collectively referred to as the Southern Kurils by Russia and the Northern Territories by Japan.
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Ate o presente momento, o Japao ainda disputa o dominio das ilhas mais ao sul de Curilas com a Russia, reivindicando o dominio sobre as ilhas de Iturup
e Kunashir, bem como as ilhas de Shikotan e Habomai.
A monstrous ocean sunfish, weighing more than 2,000 pounds, was caught over the weekend by a group of Sakhalin fishermen near Russia's Iturup
island, local media reports said Thursday.
In Japan the islands of Iturup
, Kunashir, Shikotan and Habomai are called the Northern Territories.
In the process the Soviet Union "liberated" the islands of Kunashir, Iturup
, Shikotan and the Habomai group.
Japonya ile Rusya arasinda anlasmazlik teskil eden ve Rusya tarafindan Guney Kuril Adalari, Japonya tarafindan Kuzey Topraklari olarak adlandirilan adalar Kuril ada grubunun guneyindeki Kunasir (Japonca Kunasiri), Iturup
(Japonca Etorofu), Habornai ve Sikotan'dir.