The Wall Street Journal’s Japan Realtime blog published the Cabinet Office’s latest weapon in the fuming Russo-Japanese war of words. The image below is a full-page advertisement taken out in the major Japanese dailies on Northern Territories Day (Monday 7th February) as Naoto Kan told a rally of Northern Territories campaigners of his outrage at Medvedev’s visit to Kunashiri last year. The text reads “I too can contribute to the return of the Northern Territories”, and the four disputed islands are painted on the girl’s right cheek. The text on the bottom-right summarizes the dispute and states firmly (in bold letters) “The Northern Territories are native Japanese territory.”

Northern Territories Day advertisement

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A former contributor to World Intelligence (Japan Military Review), James Simpson joined Japan Security Watch in 2011, migrating with his blog Defending Japan. He has a Masters in Security Studies from Aberystwyth University and is currently living in Kawasaki, Japan. His primary interests include the so-called 'normalization' of Japanese security (i.e. militarization), and the political impact of the abduction issue with North Korea.
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