Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Russian Customs Seizes ‘Wrong’ Maps from Japanese Tourist

Customs officials on the Russian far east island of Sakhalin have confiscated several glossy booklets from a Japanese tourist agency containing maps showing the disputed Kuril Islands as Japanese territory, the Far Eastern Customs Department said on Tuesday. The booklets were deemed to be “propaganda material” after evaluation by Russian officials, because, they said, they inaccurately represent the state border between Russia and Japan. Under Russian law, it is illegal to bring goods of this kind through the borders. For over a century, both Russia and Japan have claimed ownership of the chain of islands stretching from Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula to Japan's Hokkaido Island, known in Japan as the Northern Territories.


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