"The visit goes against Japan's stance regarding the Northern Territories
and hurts Japanese people's feelings.
Takeshima and the Northern Territories are symbols of Japan's nationalism.
In contrast, in the late 1960s Tokyo embarked on an extensive domestic campaign related to the Northern Territories. The purpose of that campaign was to consolidate public opinion around the Northern Territories issue and through this to divert domestic nationalism away from the United States towards the Soviet Union.
Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba and Tatsuo Kawabata, the minister in charge of issues related to Okinawa and the Northern Territories, also joined the rally attended by former Japanese residents of the islands.
The Soviet Union occupied the islands, known in Japan as the Northern Territories and in Russia as the Southern Kurils, following Japan's surrender in World War II on Aug.
RUSSIA ON THE PROWL FOR NORTHERN TERRITORIES (The Daily Yomiuri as translated from The Yomiuri Shimbun's editorial published Oct.
2 as the war-victory anniversary was intended to strongly deter Japan's demand for the return of the northern territories to Japanese rule.
Mrs Chamberlain, left prison in Darwin in 1986 after authorities in the country's Northern Territories
announced a probe into the case after Northern Territory Attorney-General Marshall Perron said her identification of the jacket as Azaria's was a crucial factor in her release.
We should not allow what Jull has described as the `national neglect of northern social and political inequality' which already characterises northern territories
internationally, to become even further entrenched in this country.
''Resolving the issue of the Northern Territories
is the biggest wish that I want to fulfill after the change of government,'' Hatoyama said, pledging to make all-out efforts toward realizing the desire of former residents to return to the islands.
RUSSIA MUST KEEP PLEDGE ON NORTHERN TERRITORIES
(The Daily Yomiuri as translated from the Yomiuri Shimbun)
''We think that visiting the Northern Territories
may be a reflection of President (Vladimir) Putin's determination to resolve the issue,'' Shiozaki said.