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2006-08-30 11:19:17

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia returned to Japan on Wednesday two sailors whose detention off its far eastern coast had strained relations between the two countries. Russia repeated its warning to Japanese boats not to fish in what it considers its territorial waters. Coastguards killed one crew member on the boat when trying to seize it on August 16 for poaching. The captain and two surviving crew members were detained. After two weeks of diplomatic talks Russia handed over the two crew...

2006-08-19 01:17:08

TOKYO (Reuters) - The body of a Japanese fisherman killed this week when a Russian patrol boat shot at a crabbing vessel in disputed waters between the two countries, was returned to Japan on Saturday, the foreign ministry said. Moscow has expressed sadness over Wednesday's incident, which was the first fatality in the decades-old territorial dispute in 50 years, but blamed the death on the Japanese side for intruding into Russian waters. A Japanese foreign ministry official sailed...

2006-08-18 03:42:06

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan has urged Russia to release the three remaining crew members of a fishing boat seized after a Russian patrol boat fired on their vessel and a Japanese fisherman died, a foreign ministry official said on Friday. The death of the fisherman in Wednesday's incident, which took place east of Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido, is thought to be the first fatality for 50 years in a territorial dispute dating back to the end of World War Two. A foreign...

2006-08-16 02:50:23

By Teruaki Ueno TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese fisherman died after a Russian patrol boat fired on a fishing boat on Wednesday, Japanese officials said, prompting Tokyo to protest what appeared to be the first fatality for 50 years in a territorial dispute. Japan's Foreign Ministry said it had demanded the immediate release of the crabbing craft and its three other crew members, who were seized east of Japan's northern main island of Hokkaido. About a dozen right-wing protesters...

2005-11-21 04:42:07

By Maria Golovnina TOKYO (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi agreed on Monday to expand economic ties between the two countries while seeking a solution to a six-decade-old territorial dispute. The row over four islands in the Pacific, known as the Northern Territories in Japan and the Southern Kuriles in Russia, has prevented Moscow and Tokyo from signing a peace treaty after World War Two. With no quick solution in sight,...

2005-11-20 23:49:08

By Maria Golovnina TOKYO (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin, stressing economic ties with Japan rather than a 60-year-old territorial row, urged Japanese investors on Monday to put more money into Russia's economy and to be more pragmatic in their approach. Speaking ahead of talks with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, Putin also said stronger business ties would help overall relations. "Since my last visit in the year 2000, Russia has changed in a positive way....

2005-11-20 09:07:32

By Maria Golovnina TOKYO (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Tokyo on Sunday for three days of tense diplomacy aimed at putting aside a 60-year territorial row between the Pacific neighbors and opening the door for more trade. His arrival was met with loud protests from Japanese ultra-nationalists, demanding the return of four Pacific islands seized by the Soviet army in the closing days of World War Two. The dispute over the tiny wind-swept islands, known as the...

2005-11-20 00:52:39

By Maria Golovnina TOKYO (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Tokyo on Sunday for three days of tense diplomacy aimed at putting aside a 60-year territorial row between the Pacific neighbors and opening the door for more trade. Security was tightened across Tokyo and dozens of black vans zoomed around blaring ultra-nationalist slogans through loud-speakers and demanding the return of four Pacific islands seized by the Soviet army in the closing days of World War...


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