One of the many Japanese (English) blogs that I follow had a short article on the Kuril Islands, and sentiment in Hokkaido that those Kurils currently held by Russia should be returned to Japan.

Walking around Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido (the northernmost prefecture in Japan), we saw several times these signs claiming: “Let’s regain Japan’s Northern Territories with the Spirit of the Whole Nation”.

I’m not sure what the slogan means, but at least it sounds peaceful.

Japan held the Kurils for hundreds of years, but they were ceded to the Soviet Union at the end of World War II. Japan still refers to them as the “Northern Territories.” According to the Japanese Foreign Ministry, the islands are Japanese and they want them back.

Um, good luck with that.

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A contributor and editor at the blog War Is Boring, Kyle Mizokami started Japan Security Watch in 2010 to further understand Japan's defenses and security policy.
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