Kuril Islands


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Ku·ril Islands

also Ku·rile Islands  (ko͝or′ĭl, ko͞o-rēl′)
An island chain of extreme eastern Russia extending about 1,210 km (750 mi) in the Pacific Ocean between Kamchatka and eastern Hokkaido, Japan. The volcanic, largely uninhabited islands were held by Japan from 1875 to 1945.

Ku·ril′i·an adj. & n.

Kuril Islands

(kʊˈriːl) or

Kurile Islands

pl n
(Placename) a chain of 56 volcanic islands off the NE coast of Asia, extending for 1200 km (750 miles) from the S tip of the Kamchatka Peninsula to NE Hokkaido. Area: 14 990 sq km (6020 sq miles). Japanese name: Chishima
Translations
Kurilen
Îles KourilesKouriles
KuryleWyspy Kurylskie
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In July 2008, teaching manuals for Japanese middle school students included the phrases that Japan is locked in a territorial row with Korea over the islets, resembling a disputed territory like the Kuril Islands.
During Wednesday's meeting, Hatoyama also said that in the bilateral summit, Medvedev said Russia would not be adamant about the Yalta agreement and the Potsdam Declaration, the former of which stipulated that the Soviet Union would enter the war against Japan on the condition that the Kuril Islands, known in Japan as the Chishima Islands, be handed over to it.
Russian national operator Rostelecom has announced introduction of its new Kurils broadband tariff line to subscribers in the Kuril Islands.
The Ainu people, who have a unique language, religion and culture, are said to have lived for at least 700 years in Japan's northernmost island of Hokkaido, the northern Tohoku region as well as other areas such as Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands.
Russia urged Japan on Thursday to respect Russian laws in seeking the release of the Japanese skipper of a fishing boat, which maritime border forces detained near the Kuril Islands, Itar-Tass news agency reported.
He was referring to the dispute between the two countries over sovereignty over a group of islands known in Russia as the southernmost Kuril Islands and in Japan as the Northern Territories.
MOSCOW - Russia urged Japan on Thursday to respect Russian laws in seeking the release of the Japanese skipper of a fishing boat, which maritime border forces detained near the Kuril Islands, Itar-Tass news agency reported.
While Japan has sought to persuade Russia to return the (southern) Kuril Islands, it has not insisted they should be returned to the Ainu, Japan's indigenous people, although these islands were originally inhabited by them.
China is pressing Russia to resolve the detention of a Taiwanese fishing boat and its crew for coming too close to the Kuril Islands.
According to his family, Takemura headed for Kuril islands northeast of Hokkaido as a civilian worker at the end of 1944.
The Russian border guard has fired on a Taiwan fishing vessel that was allegedly poaching in Russia's exclusive economic zone around the South Kuril Islands, but the vessel fled, Interfax news agency reported Monday.
The Russian Foreign Ministry clearly recognized the effectiveness of the treaty in which Japan abandoned the Kuril Islands in a statement issued Tuesday.