Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev takes pictures during his visit to Kunashiri Island, one of four islands known as the Southern Kuriles in Russia and Northern Territories in Japan. Photo: Reuters

Japan plans to better spell out its claims to disputed islands

The Japanese government plans to set up a team of experts to devise ways to better spell out Tokyo's position in territorial disputes with its neighbours. A panel will submit a report to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in about six months.