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Japan has moved the first tourist trip to the Kuril Islands
The Japanese government postponed the first tourist trip for its citizens to the Kuril Islands. It was originally planned that a delegation of 50 people would come to Kunashir on 11 on October, and then go to Iturup to visit the hot springs and explore the white cliffs, museums and Orthodox churches. However, the tour has now been rescheduled.
According to TASS, Japan is negotiating with the Russian government to approve the dates for a pilot trip of Japanese tourists to the southern part of the Kuril Islands. For new tour dates, consider the period from late October to November 5.
According to the Federal Tourism Agency, after this tour it is planned to launch regular tourist trips for the Japanese to the Kuril Islands next year. This will allow to develop inbound tourism in Russia and increase the tourist flow between Japan and Russia to 400 thousand people by the 2023 year.
Also, the establishment of cooperation is seen as an important step towards a peace treaty. Recently, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reiterated the position on the Kuril Islands. He stated that the Land of the Rising Sun still attributes the four disputed islands to its territory.