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.
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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
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Îles KourilesKouriles
KuryleWyspy Kurylskie
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China is pressing Russia to resolve the detention of a Taiwanese fishing boat and its crew for coming too close to the Kuril Islands.
''Japanese people can freely go to the Kuril islands. Joint economic activities have begun,'' Putin said.
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.
Officials in charge of telecommunications in Sakhalin criticized the power company's move, noting that if a major earthquake strikes the Kuril islands, the islanders there would be left in ''virtual isolation.''
An estimated 182 Koreans were among the 956 people who died when the Imperial Japanese Army ship Taihei Maru sank off the Chishima Islands chain (Kuril Islands chain) during World War II, the government said Friday.
Russia insists the islands of Etorofu, Kunashiri and Shikotan and the Habomai group of islets are part of the Kuril islands chain.
Also another thorny matter that has recently developed into a diplomatic dispute is the reported agreement between Japan and Russia on the prevention of Korean fishing near the Kuril islands from next year, despite Moscow's fisheries accord with Seoul which allows Korean saury fishing in the zone.
''We are not talking about turning over the (Southern) Kuril Islands,'' Putin told reporters Sunday morning in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, the capital of Sakhalin, before leaving for Tokyo for a three-day official visit.