Japanese rally for return of islands from Russia

Islands Rally Held Northern

TOKYO : Japan's Primary Minister Naoto Kan led a large rally Monday demanding the return of numerous islands held by Russia since the stop of Globe War II and calling the recent go to there by Russia's president an outrage.

The dispute over the southern Kuril islands, acknowledged in Japan as the Northern Territories, has extended been a sticking point in relations in between the two countries and has stored them from signing a formal peace treaty ending their Globe War II hostilities.

Japan has designated Feb. 7 as "Northern Territories Day," declaring that a treaty dating back again to that day in 1855 supports its claim to the islands.

Kan was the top speaker at a federal government-backed rally of about 1,500 folks in Tokyo that has been held yearly since 1981 to mark the anniversary. He vowed that Japan will not back again down from its declare and explained visits there by Russian leaders are "an unforgivable outrage."

A smaller rally and march ended up held on the northern island of Hokkaido.

Russia's situation on its personal declare appears to be acquiring much more assertive in recent months.

President Dmitry Medvedev grew to become the first Russian or Soviet leader to visit the islands when he toured them in November.

Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov inspected military garrisons on the islands last week and mentioned Moscow is organizing to update the troops' weapons there ( via thestar.com.my ).