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    The Japanese government has taken a decision to refrain from further actions of protest against Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's recent visit to the Kuril Islands, the Japanese Mainichi Shimbun newspaper said.

    The Japanese government has taken a decision to refrain from further actions of protest against Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's recent visit to the Kuril Islands, the Japanese Mainichi Shimbun newspaper said.

    "As long as Russia does not take any new steps concerning the Northern Territories, [Japan] will not take any actions," the paper quoted as saying a senior official from the Japanese Cabinet of Ministers without defining him.

    On Monday, Medvedev became the first Russian president to visit one of the four disputed Kuril Islands.

    Japan called the visit "regrettable" and temporarily recalled its ambassador to Russia.

    Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan said on Tuesday he is not sure if his forthcoming meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at the Asia Pacific (APEC) summit would go ahead.

    Both Moscow and Tokyo have laid claim to the Kuril Islands, called the Northern Territories by Japan, since they were occupied by the Soviet Union at the end of World War II. The dispute over the islands has prevented Russia and Japan from signing a peace treaty to formally end World War II hostilities.

    TOKIO, November 4 (RIA Novosti) 

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