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GOJ lodges protest against Russia for conducting live-fire training in Northern Territories

NHK reported online that following a notification by the Russian government that it will conduct live-fire training on Etorofu Island of the Northern Territories from Oct. 10 to 13, the Japanese government lodged a protest against Russia through its diplomatic channel. Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga said at a press briefing this morning: “It goes against Japan’s position as it will lead to a military buildup by the Russian government in the Northern Territories. We said we will lodge a protest.” Suga reportedly added: “We need to resolve the territorial dispute in order to fundamentally resolve such issues. We hope to continue to tenaciously negotiate with the Russian side in accordance with the basic policy of concluding a peace treaty after resolving the the issue of the attribution of the four islands of the Northern Territories.”

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