Japan says visit by Putin aide to disputed island 'regrettable'

September 24, 2014 11:10 AM

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Japan says visit by Putin aide to disputed island 'regrettable'

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan will lodge a protest with Russia after President Vladimir Putin's chief of staff visited a contested island chain, but there would be no change to Tokyo's policy to maintain dialogue with Moscow, Japan's top government spokesman said on Wednesday.

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga made the comment after Sergei Ivanov visited one of the contested islands, called the Northern Territories in Japan and Southern Kurils in Russia, earlier on Wednesday.

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