“Sports should not be used for jokes” Governor Koike, Russia, 18 October 16:09
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stressed that the northern four islands were Russian territory, when the governor Koike of the Tokyo Metropolitan government said that the Tokyo Olympic marathon and racewalking venue would be moved to Sapporo. He criticized, “Sports should not be used for jokes that cause conflicts.”
Governor Koike, Tokyo, attended a regular tournament in the Tokyo Metropolitan Government on the 17th and asked about a plan to move the marathon and racetrack to Sapporo as a countermeasure against the heat of the Tokyo Olympics. "I hope you can speak out from the alliance."
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Russian embassy in Tokyo responded to this remark on the official Twitter and Facebook on the 18th, “I would like to inform Governor Koike for reference, but Japan has plenty of cool land. But the islands of South Kuril in Russia are not Japanese, ”commented, stressing that the four northern islands are Russian territory.
On top of that, he criticized Governor Koike's remarks, “Sports should bring ties and should not be used for jokes that cause conflict.”
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has criticized the official homepage of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics by taking up the fact that the northern territory is displayed on the map as a Japanese territory. is.