In the section of the Japanese “Blue Book on Diplomacy” on the “northern territories”, as Japan calls the disputed islands of the Kuril ridge, the wording on the “occupation” of Russia by them will reappear. Reports about it Kyodo with reference to sources familiar with the draft document.
According to the agency, the Blue Book will say that these are “territories that are an integral part of Japan and are currently illegally occupied by Russia.” “Occupation” was last mentioned in the 2003 “Blue Book”, belonging to Japan – in 2011.
The Blue Book on Diplomacy is a kind of diplomatic guide, published annually by the Japanese Foreign Ministry since 1957.
Earlier, Japan imposed sanctions against Russia over a military operation in Ukraine. In response, Russia refused to negotiate the status of the Kuril Islands and a peace treaty, and abolished the visa-free regime for the Japanese in the Kuril Islands.
On the relations between Russia and Japan in Kommersant’s article “Samurai lost this night.”