Russia, Japan May Develop Tourism on Kuril Islands

PHOTO by Sergey Krasnoukhov / TASS
The ambitious joint programme will include tours to both Russian and Japanese islands

Japan is expected to present to Russia a proposal for a joint tourism development project that would boost the popularity of the disputed Kuril Islands.

The project includes organising cruises from Hokkaido, where tourists would be able to visit Shiretoko National Park and the southern Kuril Islands, Japanese newspaper Yomiuri reported.

The development programme includes building comfortable hotels and tourist infrastructure.

A separate tourist programme that Japan is expected to propose is fishing for scallops and sea urchins in the waters of the southern Kuril Islands.

The project will be discussed on Mar. 20 during a meeting between the foreign and defence ministers of both countries.