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Former residents to travel to Northern Territories by air for first time

Saturday morning’s Nikkei, Sankei, and Mainichi reported that Foreign Minister Kishida said during a press briefing on Friday that former residents of the Northern Territories will make their first trip by air to the islands on June 18 to visit their ancestors’ graves. Mainichi wrote that about 70 former residents of Etorofu and Kunashiri islands will make a day trip to visit the graves using a chartered Russian commercial airplane. The group will be headed by State Foreign Minister Nobuo Kishi. Officials of MOFA and the Cabinet Office will also accompany the group.

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