Japan says disputed islands 'illegally occupied' by Russia

北方領土「ロシアに不法占拠」 19年ぶりの表現 2022年版外交青書

france24.com -- Apr 22
Japan described four disputed islands as "illegally occupied" by Russia for the first time in nearly two decades on Friday as ties sour between the countries over the war in Ukraine.

The two nations have long been engaged in attempts to agree a post-World War II treaty, but the islands held by Moscow and claimed by Tokyo remain a key sticking point.

Japan's foreign ministry last used the expression in its annual policy report in 2003 to describe the islands, which Moscow calls the Kurils and Tokyo the Northern Territories.

This year's Diplomatic Bluebook report comes at a time when tough sanctions are imposed on Russia by Japan and its G7 partners, and ahead of a key revision to Japan's national security strategy later this year.

"The greatest concern between Japan and Russia is the Northern Territories," it said, calling them "Japanese territories over which Japan holds sovereign rights, but are currently illegally occupied by Russia".

林外務大臣は22日の閣議で2022年版の外交青書を報告しました。北方領土についてロシアによる「不法占拠」との表現が19年ぶりに復活しました。  外交青書ではロシアによるウクライナ侵略について「人類が過去1世紀にわたり築き上げてきた武力の行使の禁止、法の支配、人権の尊重といった国際秩序の根幹を揺るがす暴挙だ」と非難しています。  また、北方領土については「日本固有の領土であるが現在ロシアに不法占拠されている」と明記しました。 - ANNnewsCH