Ex-residents on Russian-held islets may need visas for grave visits

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Former Japanese residents on the Russian-controlled, Japan-claimed islands off Hokkaido may be required to obtain visas in future travel to the islets when they visit their families' graves there, a senior official at Russia's foreign ministry has said. The possible change in the existing program, which allows them to travel to the islands without visas for that purpose, comes as tensions mount between the two countries over Russia's invasion of Ukraine. "No special treatment or simplified procedures will be applied" in such a case, Nikolay Nozdrev, director in charge of Japan and other Asian ...

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