Soviet-era fortifications in the disputed islands known in Japan as the Northern Territories but in Russia as the Southern Kurils. Photo: AFP Soviet-era fortifications in the disputed islands known in Japan as the Northern Territories but in Russia as the Southern Kurils. Photo: AFP
Soviet-era fortifications in the disputed islands known in Japan as the Northern Territories but in Russia as the Southern Kurils. Photo: AFP
Japan

Is Russia stirring memories of Japanese war crimes to get close to China?

  • A Moscow-sponsored international conference to re-examine the 1949 war crime trials of 12 men from Japan’s notorious biowarfare Unit 731 has angered Japanese conservatives
  • They accuse Moscow of playing up the atrocities to forge a stronger alliance with Beijing and enhance Russia’s claim to the disputed Northern Territories/Southern Kuril Islands

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Soviet-era fortifications in the disputed islands known in Japan as the Northern Territories but in Russia as the Southern Kurils. Photo: AFP Soviet-era fortifications in the disputed islands known in Japan as the Northern Territories but in Russia as the Southern Kurils. Photo: AFP
Soviet-era fortifications in the disputed islands known in Japan as the Northern Territories but in Russia as the Southern Kurils. Photo: AFP
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