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Japan taking steps to release national detained in Kuril Islands — government

August 22, 9:29 UTC+3 TOKYO
A Japanese interpreter was detained by Russia’s authorities during the baggage check as carried 4 million yen ($40,000) in cash which he had not declared
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TOKYO, August 22. /TASS/. Japan’s government is making efforts via diplomatic channels to free its national earlier detained on the Kunashir Island, in Russia’s Kuril Islands, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters on Monday.

"We are working through diplomatic channels so that the (detained) man returns to Nemuro (Hokkaido Prefecture)," Suga said.

The Kyodo news agency has reported that a Japanese interpreter who was visiting the island as part of a visa-free program was detained by Russia’s authorities during the baggage check. The man carried 4 million yen ($40,000) in cash which he had not declared.

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