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  • Putin expected to visit disputed Kunashiri next week (Japan)

    07/09/2013 12:46:16 AM PDT · by TexGrill
    Japan Times ^ | 07/08/2013 | Kyodo
    KUSHIRO, HOKKAIDO – Russian President Vladimir Putin might visit one of the four Russian-held islands claimed by Japan next week, a person affiliated with a group of former residents who just returned from visiting the islands said Monday. Toyama Prefectural Assemblyman Hisayoshi Ono, who headed the group, said he had heard from Lev Sedikh, chief of Anama village on Shikotan — one of the islands in question — that Putin could visit either Shikotan or Kunashiri next Monday. The other two disputed islands are Etorofu and the Habomai group of islets. At a press conference in Nemuro, Hokkaido, Ono said...