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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Hot Line to Japan Set

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia -- Japan and Russia agreed Thursday to establish a military hot line to warn each other of potential threats at sea, Russia's Pacific Fleet said.

The agreement was reached by the head of the Japanese Defense Agency Hosei Norota and commander of the Pacific Fleet Admiral Mikhail Zakharenko in Vladivostok.

Meanwhile, a Japanese delegation arrived on Sakhalin Island in the Far East to search for the remains of soldiers killed in World War II, Interfax reported Thursday.

The team from the Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare is to spend several days looking near two mountains on the southern part of the island which saw fierce fighting near the end of WWII.