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The 23-th visa-free exchange between the Kuril Islands and Japan started
SakhaNews news agency reports that the 23 th annual visa-free exchange between Japan and the Kuril Islands has officially opened.
A group of 50 schoolchildren from the islands of Iturup, Kunashir and Shikotan and five Russian specialists on the ecosystem is preparing for a five-day visit to Tokyo. Kuril reserve, which plan to communicate with their Japanese counterparts in various coastal cities and towns of Hokkaido Prefecture.
On Monday morning, Kunashir had already left the group of 60 Japanese. For three days they managed to visit the old Japanese cemetery, visited the local history museum and the Orthodox church of Yuzhno-Kurilsk.
In total, over the past 22 years of visa-free exchanges, more than 19 thousand Japanese have visited the Kuril Islands and more than 8 thousand Russians have visited Japan.