Russian man from disputed island in taken into custody in Japan

(www.japantimes.co.jp)

A Russian man who claims to have come from one of the islands at the center of a territorial dispute between Tokyo and Moscow has been placed under protective custody in Hokkaido, the Japanese government said Monday.

The man has told immigration officials that he swam to Hokkaido, the sources said. He was reportedly wearing a wet suit at the time he was found. There have also been suggestions that he is seeking asylum in a third country.

How unusual this must be for the immigration officials …