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Russian official criticizes Japanese lawmaker’s remark on going to war, hails GOJ response

NHK and TV Asahi reported today that at a news conference yesterday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zakharova criticized the “provocative and absurd” behavior of Lower House member Hodaka Maruyama, who made a remark earlier this month about going to war with Russia over the Northern Territories. At the same time, Zakharova hailed the Japanese government for condemning Maruyama’s remarks as contrary to Japan’s position and the submission of motions in the Lower House to censure Maruyama and urge him to resign, saying these actions “bring hope” for rectifying the situation.

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