The diplomatic row between Russia and Japan is worsening as the two countries battle it out over a disputed chain of Pacific islands known as the Kurril Islands.
Russia has announced that President Dmitry Medvedev is planning more trips to the islands after Japan announced it was recalling its envoy to Moscow. But this is not the only territorial dispute which Tokyo is fighting. It’s also in a tussle with China over the disputed East China Sea. But critics say Japan’s diplomatic spats are a way of diverting attention from its domestic economic problems.
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