Contents tagged with Japan

  • Japan pledges $37 million to Ukraine for drone detection systems

    Japan will provide $37 million to Ukraine for the acquisition of drone detection systems, said Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa during a press briefing with her Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Kuleba, on Sunday, January 7.

    "I firmly condemn Russia's continued missile and drone attacks on various regions, including Kyiv even during the New Year's holidays. I wish to express my sincere condolences to the victims of these attacks and once again pay tribute to the courage of the Ukrainian …

  • Russia withdraws from WWII peace treaty talks with Japan over sanctions

    The Russian Federation withdraws from negotiations with Japan aimed at signing a formal World War II peace treaty and cancels visa-free travel for Japanese citizens to the southern Kuril Islands. This measure is taken in response to sanctions imposed by Japan against the Russian Federation, said the Russian Foreign Ministry.

    "It has been decided to stop visa-free travel for Japanese citizens on the basis of 1991 agreements on visa-free exchanges between the southern Kuril Islands of the …

  • Japan: similar to invasion of Ukraine, Russian occupation of Southern Kuril islands is illegal

    Russia has occupied the southern part of the Kuril Islands, which contradicts international law, similar to the attack on Ukraine, said the Deputy Director-General of the European Affairs Bureau of the Japanese Foreign Ministry, Hideki Uyama during during a debate in the Japanese Parliament.

    "The Northern Territories (the southern part of the Kuril Islands) are occupied, and we believe that this contradicts the international law, same as the current attack of the Russian army on Ukraine," the …

  • Japan condemns Russian Prime Minister’s visit to Kuril islands

    Japan sent a note of protest to Russian Ambassador Mikhail Galuzin over the visit of Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin to the South Kuril Island of Iturup, said Chief Cabinet Secretary of the Japanese government Katsunobu Kato.

    The Russian Prime Minister's trip to the disputed island "contradicts Japan's consistent position on the northern territories and is very regrettable," Kato said at a press conference in Tokyo. Japan’s Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, in turn, said that …

  • U.S. recognizes Russians born in Kuril Islands as Japanese

    The United States said that, for its Diversity Visa Program, residents of the South Kuril Islands will be considered to be natives of Japan.

    In the instructions for the Diversity Visa Program published by the U.S. Department of State, it is noted that “persons born in the Habomai Islands, Shikotan, Kunashiri, and Etorofu are chargeable to Japan”.

    At the same time, the program states  that “persons born in Southern Sakhalin are chargeable to Russia”.

    In turn, the Russian Foreign Ministry …

  • Russia deploys surface-to-air missiles on disputed Kuril Islands

    Russia has announced the deployment of advanced air defense missiles in the disputed Kuril Islands.

    The press service of the Russian Eastern Military District said in a statement that the S-300B4 anti-aircraft missile systems were put on combat duty in the Kuril Islands in addition to the short-range Tor M2 missile systems stationed there.

    The Zvezda (Star)TV channel of the Russian Defense Ministry reported that anti-aircraft missile systems are located on the island of Iturup, one of the …

  • Russia deploys S-300 missile systems to Kuril Islands

    As part of the exercise, the anti-aircraft missile unit of the Eastern Military District, equipped with the latest S-300V4 missile system, will be deployed to the Kuril Islands, announced the press service of the Eastern Military District.

    "The anti-aircraft missile division of the Eastern Military District stationed in the Jewish Autonomous Oblast began the exercise to relocate one of its units over a long distance," the district's press service said.

    As part of the exercise, the unit will …

  • Japan protests against Russia’s geological exploration near Kuril Islands

    Japan sent a note of protest to Russia because of the geological exploration in the Sea of Okhotsk, including near the Kuril Islands, said Chief Cabinet Secretary of the Japanese government, Yoshihide Suga. His speech was published on the website of the Japanese government.

    According to him, Tokyo is following Russia's actions in the region, which are not in compliance with Japan's position.

    "We sent our message to Russia, saying that it is not in compliance with the position of our country," …

  • Japan to provide $1.4 million worth of medical equipment to Ukrainian Armed Forces

    Japan will provide over $1.4 million worth of medical equipment to the Ukrainian Armed Forces, said the Ambassador of Japan to Ukraine Takashi Kurai during a meeting with Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Taran.

    "Through the UN mission in Ukraine, by the end of 2020, it is planned to deliver another batch of medical equipment to hospitals in Kharkiv, Lviv and Irpen at a cost of $1.4 million and provide appropriate training for medical personnel," reads Takashi Kurai's the statement published …

  • Japan to take part in Sea Breeze naval exercise in Ukraine for the first time

    For the first time, the Japan Self-Defense Forces will be taking part in the Sea Breeze 2020 naval exercise, which will be held in Ukraine this year, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry announced on its website.

    On Wednesday February 5, Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Zahorodniuk met with Jiro Hiroe, director of one of the departments of the Japanese ground forces command.

    During the meeting, the parties agreed that Japanese troops would participate in the Sea Breeze exercise this year. The …