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Japan's Foreign Minister: "Illegal Occupation of Northern Territories by Russia"

At a press conference on August 8, Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi stated that Russia's occupation of the Northern Territories "is considered illegal. As for why the government used the phrase "Japan's inherent territory" again, he explained that Russia's invasion of Ukraine has made it impossible to open up prospects for negotiations on a peace treaty.

Nihon Keizai Shimbun