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The first trip of a group of citizens of Japan to the Southern Kuriles this year was postponed due to weather conditions

The trip of the first group of citizens of Japan to the South Kuriles this year under the program of visa-free exchanges is again postponed due to weather conditions. It is reported by ITAR-TASS with reference to the message of the port of Nemuro (Hokkaido Prefecture).

The motor ship "Etopirika", specially built for such trips, was supposed to leave Nemuro in the direction of the southern Kuril island of Kunashir the day before, but could not do this due to bad weather. The forecast for the coming days also turned out to be disappointing, and therefore the organizers of the trip decided to postpone it. It is expected to take place at the end of June.

As previously reported by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, just in the year 2014, as part of the visa-free exchange program, the South Kurils are planning to visit around Japanese 500. In Japan, about 300 will be visited by Russians living in the Kuril Islands.

Visa-free exchanges of this kind have been carried out since 1991. Since then, Japan has visited about 8,5 thousand inhabitants of Iturup, Kunashir and Shikotan. The South Kuril Islands visited over 18 thousand Japanese.

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