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International relations

For one Japanese fishing town, Moscow holds key to survival

Japan needs Russia's permission to bring in catch in its own economic zone

Fishermen land scallops at the Port of Nemuro, on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, on April 12.   © Reuters

NEMURO (Reuters) -- Japanese fisherman Tsuruyuki Hansaku was barely out of high school when he served 10 months in a Soviet prison, arrested at sea on his father's boat for catching cod in what the Russians considered their territory.

The silver-maned resident of the northern Japanese fishing town of Nemuro, now 79, is still on edge because of the sway Moscow has over the fortunes of his family fisheries business, and of his hometown.

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