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To teachers” shows a teaching materials collection that can be used for Northern Territories classes;
To students” provides content where students can learn about the Northern Territories.

Learn about the Northern Territories.

I see! I get it! The Northern Territories

What are the Northern Territories like?

The average temperature in February is -6.5°C, which is warmer than inland Hokkaido, and there's less snow due to the ocean current. Even in August, the hottest month, the average temperature is 16 °C  …

The four-island exchange program

When President Gorbachev visited Japan in April 1991, the Soviet Union proposed “the expansion of exchanges between Japanese citizens and Soviet people living on the four northern islands,  …

Useful items for learning about the Northern Territories



The Northern Territories

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This pamphlet outlines the Northern Territories issue.


I see! I get it! The Northern Territories

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This pamphlet outlines the Northern Territories issue in manga format.


Outline of the Northern Territories Issue Association

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This pamphlet outlines the Northern Territories issue.


Experiences of those who lived on the four northern islands

和泉 公夫 氏(イメージ画像)

Mr. Kimio Izumi Tomari Village, Kunashiri Island

阿部 英子 氏(イメージ画像)

Ms. Hideko Abe Shibotsu Island, Habomai Islands

Give it a try! Independent research report


Step 1: Prepare the necessary items.

  • Paper: A3 size or larger. You can use any size, but you may want to use large paper when giving a presentation to your class.
  • Colored pencils or markers
  • Pamphlets outlining the Northern Territories: Print out “The Northern Territories,” “I see! I get it! Northern Territories” and other pamphlets.
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Ruler

Step 2: Collect information.

Collect information on the Northern Territories using pamphlets or online.

Step 3: Get organized.

Itemize important points, such as those of the experiences of those who lived on the four northern islands, and think about what you want to write in your report.

Step 4: Create an easy-to-read report.

Look at the pamphlets, use scissors to cut out the areas that you think are important, and glue them onto the paper.
Make it clear and colorful with colored pencils and/or markers

Step 5: List your references.

List books, pamphlets and websites that you used as references when making the report.

When referring to books and/or magazines
List the names of the books and/or magazines, the authors’ names (names of the persons or companies that wrote the books), the publishers’ names (names of the companies that published the books), years of publication (years of publication of the books).
When referring to websites
List the names and addresses of the websites.

Step 6: Write your impressions

Summarize what you felt and learned in your own words.
It's very important to write your impressions.

Step 7: Make a presentation and compare it with other presentations.

Make a presentation on what you learned and felt about the Northern Territories in your independent research report.
If all class members make reports, compare yours with those of your friends, and think about what they felt.

Note: The photos on this page are from a local youth workshop held in Nemuro City on August 13 and 14, 2009.

Enterthe national speech contest!

In this contest, participants make a speech about what they've thought, learned, talked about with friends and family and/or experienced regarding the historical background of the Northern Territories, how to solve the Northern Territories issue, and a vision for the territories after their return.


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