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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Japan Protests Seizure

TOKYO () -- Japan, already at odds with China over disputed islands, protested Sunday against Russia's first seizure of a Japanese fishing boat for 13 months.

A Japan foreign ministry spokesman said Russian coast guards on Saturday seized the 10-ton Japanese trawler Wakatake Maru No. 31 and its five-man crew for fishing in waters claimed by Russia around islands called the Southern Kuriles by Moscow and the Northern Territories by Tokyo.

Japan has claimed the islands since the mid-19th century and says the former Soviet Union overran the group at the end of World War II.