Kunashiri island, part of an archipelago under Russian control, visible from the Rausu Kunashiri Observatory Deck in Rausu, Hokkaido prefecture. - Four of the islands known as the Northern Territories in Japan and the southern Kuril islands in Russia are disputed and remain a bitter sticking point between Tokyo and Moscow, preventing them from signing a formal peace treaty.(Photo credit should read KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP via Getty Images)

Japan protests Russia’s drills in Kuril Islands

Japan has been protesting Russia’s military drills in a disputed region amid alleged talks to resolve that dispute. On Tuesday, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said Russia ramped up its military presence in the Kuril Islands, which Tokyo considered unacceptable. 

People protest against the hosting of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo on July 23, 2021. (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP) (Photo by PHILIP FONG/AFP via Getty Images)

Tokyo residents protest against the Olympic games

Protesters gathered in Japan outside the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building to challenge the Olympic games. On Friday, nearly 50 protestors chanted the “no to the Olympics” and “save people’s lives” while holding signs that read “cancel the Olympics.”