Dispatch of Mr. Yasuhisa Shiozaki, Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, to the Russian Federation

August 17, 2006

In response to the incident in which a Japanese fishing boat was fired upon and seized on August 16 (Wed), Mr. Yasuhisa Shiozaki, Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, will leave for Russia in the evening of August 17 (Thu). From August 18 he will urge the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation and other competent institutions to hand over the body of the dead crew member and immediately release the three detained crew members and the boat. Mr. Shiozaki will also have a discussion on securing the safety of fishing operations.

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