A building on the Kuril islands
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Japan demands Kuril Islands be returned from Russia

Japan's dispute with Russia over the Kuril islands is heating up with Prime Minister Naoto Kan demanding their return at a rally in Tokyo.

The chain of islands in the North Pacific has been held by Russia since the end of the Second World War, keeping old tensions between the countries very much in play.

Roland Buerk reports.

  • 07 Feb 2011