Tokyo: A rifle bullet cartridge in an
envelope has apparently been sent to the Russian Embassy here,
even as a bilateral row between Russia and Japan over the
sovereignty of four Russian-held islands off Hokkaido
continues, police said.
The embassy notified the police on Monday about receiving
the envelope, which also contained a note reading, "The
Northern Territories are Japanese," they said yesterday
Monday was the government-designated "Northern Territories
The police said the postmark on the white envelope
bearing no name of sender suggests the envelope was dropped
into a postbox in Kanagawa Prefecture, near Tokyo.
The envelope was received after leaders of Japan and
Russia exchanged criticism in the wake of Russian President
Dmitry Medvedev and other top Russian officials visiting the
disputed area off the northernmost main island despite Japan`s
Japan has designated February 7 as Northern Territories
Day because on the same date in 1855, Japan and Russia
concluded a treaty in which they confirmed the islands of
Etorofu, Kunashiri and Shikotan and the Habomai islet group as
being Japanese territory.
But the Soviet Union seized the islands after Japan`s
surrender in World War II. The territorial dispute has
prevented the two countries from signing a postwar peace