The Mainichi Daily News with a set of frequently asked question and answers on why the Japanese government frowns on Japanese visiting the “Northern Territories”: Japan’s name for the four islands in the Kuril chain that were captured by Russia at the end of World War II and never returned.

Q: Is it really such a problem just for regular citizens to travel there?

A: Although it is governments who negotiate over the islands, not regular citizens, if Japanese citizens repeatedly show behavior that implicitly recognizes Russia as owner of the territories, Japan as a country may be seen to be recognizing that ownership. (Link)

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