Hokkaido Bureau

Revitalization of the Region neighboring the Northern Territories

 Since the end of World War II the Northern Territories (the Islands of Etorofu, Kunashiri, Shikotan, and Habomai) have been under illegal occupation by the Soviet Union (now the Russian Federation). The Territories’ socio-economic tie with the neighboring Nemuro Region was interrupted and the Region’s economic development has been severely hampered. The Hokkaido Bureau takes various measures to revitalize the local economy to support the Region where most of the former islanders live and which is now the base of a deep-rooted movement for the return of the Territories.