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Japanese Prime Minister Kishida calls the Northern Territories "Japan's inherent territory.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida described the Northern Territories as Japan's "inherent territory" at the Budget Committee of the House of Councillors on August 7. He was responding to Mr. Hiroyuki Konishi of the Democratic Party of Japan's Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, who pointed out that since the second Abe administration, he had mainly used the term "sovereign territory" and refrained from using the term "inherent.

Nihon Keizai Shimbun Mainichi Newspapers