Krabozavodskoe on the object: Construction of residential houses on the island of Shikotan
(including design and survey work) and (or) the acquisition of apartments in new residential buildings
While the Habomai islets are insignificant in size and uninhabited, and Shikotan
is relatively small, the two other islands are quite large.
The four isles off Hokkaido, Etorofu, Kunashiri, Shikotan
and the Habomai, were seized by the Soviet Union shortly after Japan surrendered to the Allied powers on Aug.
The dispute over the ownership of the four islands off Hokkaido -- Etorofu, Kunashiri, Shikotan
and the Habomai islet group -- has prevented the two countries from concluding a peace treaty.
The incident took place in waters a few kilometers off Kunashiri Island, one of the four disputed islands east of Hokkaido that also include the islands of Etorofu and Shikotan
and the Habomai group of islets.
Prior to the Etorofu project, Itochu bid for the contract for another power project on Russian-held Shikotan
Island in February 1999.
The two-track talks concern conditions for the return of the Habomai group of islets and Shikotan
Island to Japan and the fate of the two other Russian-held islands of Kunashiri and Etorofu located off northern Hokkaido.
Local authorities in Shikotan
-- one of the four Japanese-claimed islands off northern Hokkaido -- on Thursday began cutting electricity supply for 12 hours each day as a result of fuel shortage, the Russian news agency Itar-Tass said.
The report followed a Japanese politician's claim that he heard Lev Sedikh, chief of Anama village on Shikotan
, one of the islands, saying Putin could visit either Shikotan
or nearby Kunashiri next Monday.
Hisayoshi Ono, a Toyama prefectural assembly member who headed the group, said he had heard from Lev Sedikh, chief of Anama village on Shikotan
, one of the four islands, that Putin could visit Shikotan
or Kunashiri next Monday.
During the talks, Japan called for resolving the dispute over the four Russian-held islands off Hokkaido through a ''two-track'' approach, whereby the return of Shikotan
Island and the Habomai group of islets would be discussed simultaneously and in parallel with talks on the future of the other two islands -- Kunashiri and Etorofu.
The new fuel supply comes on top of 2,000 tons of gas oil promised in July and already delivered to Shikotan
and Kunashiri islands.