Japanese Return after Sightseeing on Russian-Held Isles

Politics

Nemuro, Hokkaido, Nov. 2 (Jiji Press)--A group of 44 Japanese people returned to Hokkaido after a sightseeing tour to two of the four Russian-held islands at the center of the two nations' decades-old territorial row.

After visiting Kunashiri and Etorofu in the northwestern Pacific in the first sightseeing tour for Japanese citizens, the group arrived at the Port of Nemuro in Hokkaido on Saturday.

During the trial tour, the participants stayed on Kunashiri for two days from Wednesday to visit a museum and graves of Japanese people.

On Friday, they visited Etorofu, the largest of the four isles, for two hours. Originally, the participants were scheduled to stay on the island for two days from Friday, but the stay was shortened due to bad weather.

"I had a rare experience. Russians were very friendly and gave me a good impression," said Mamoru Takahashi, 79.

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