On June 27, Japan dispatched a team of government officials and business representatives to the Russian-controlled Southern Kurils. These islands off the coast of Hokkaido have been administered by Moscow since the end of World War II but continue to be claimed by Japan as its Northern Territories. The purpose of the five-day visit is to conduct preliminary research on the prospects for Japan-Russia joint economic activities on the islands.
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