‘Our land’: Russians protest Kuril islands handover to Japan

Hundreds of Russians protest against a feared giveaway of strategic islands to Japan, two days before a key summit between the countries’ leaders in Moscow. “We are opposed to the transfer of the Kuril Islands, the native Russian land, from imperial Russia, under Japanese control. We are categorically against it. This is our land”.

Kuril Islands dispute: Russia summons Japanese ambassador

The Russian Foreign Ministry has summoned the Japanese ambassador over comments from Tokyo about the status of the disputed southern Kuril islands.

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Hikers walk mere meters from huge pillar of volcanic ash!

A group of Russian walkers got more than they bargained on 27 September when the Ebeko volcano they were walking up erupted!
The volcano is located near the town of Severo-Kurilsk on Paramushir Island, which is one of the Kuril Islands.

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Kuril Islands may become unifying element, help Tokyo & Moscow finally sign peace treaty – Putin

Russia’s Kuril Islands, long disputed by Japan, may become a unifying element, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during his visit to Japan, noting that joint economic activities there could help the two countries finally agree on a peace treaty.

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Stationing American troops in Japan will lead to bloody tragedy – ex-PM of Japan

Russia and Japan haven’t been able to settle the issue of the Kuril Islands and sign a peace treaty since the end of World War II, resulting in a territorial dispute that’s been around for seven decades. But warm ties between the countries’ current leaders could lead to a breakthrough. Many are expecting progress to be made when Russian President Putin is in Japan for a state visit in December. Can the issue of the disputed islands be settled for good? And will Japan’s special relationship with America stand in the way of closer cooperation with Russia? Former Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama is on SophieCo to discuss.

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