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Former residents to travel to Northern Territories by air on Sept. 20 or later

Former Lower House member Muneo Suzuki met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Prime Minister’s Office [Kantei] on Aug. 10. Suzuki told Abe that Russia is making arrangements for former Japanese residents of the Northern Territories to make their first trip by air to visit their ancestors’ graves on Sept. 20 or later. The visit had originally been scheduled for June, but was cancelled due to bad weather. Suzuki disclosed the details to reporters after the meeting. Suzuki said he talked about the schedule for the trip with Gov. Oleg Kozhemyako of Sakhalin, which has jurisdiction over the islands, when he visited the region on July 31 .

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