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Russia criticizes Tokyo governor’s remark on holding Olympic events in Northern Territories

NHK reported that in response to Tokyo Governor Koike’s sarcastic comment on Thursday suggesting that the marathon and race walking events for the 2020 Olympics be held in the Northern Territories, the Russian Foreign Ministry and the Russian Embassy in Tokyo posted critical comments on Facebook and Twitter. The Russians said in the posts that they would like to inform Governor Koike that the South Kuril Islands do not belong to Japan and sports should be used for strengthening bonds, not for creating conflict.

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