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Russia plans to lay optical fiber cable between Sakhalin and Northern Territories

Sunday’ s Sankei front-paged a report saying that it learned from a GOJ source on Saturday that the Russian government has informed the GOJ that a Russian firm will begin work to lay optical fiber cables between Sakhalin Island and the Northern Territories on Sunday or later. The GOJ has lodged a protest with the Russian government in response to the move by saying that such a major infrastructure project runs counter to Japan’s position on the Northern Territories. According to the source, the Russian authority on sea lane control notified the Japan Coast Guard on June 5 that work to lay the cable will be conducted between June 10 and November 15. According to the paper, a Chinese firm has been selected to perform the work.

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