Two Russian fighters violated Japanese airspace on Thursday, Tokyo's defence ministry said, prompting Japan to scramble its own warplanes in what was reported to be the first such incident in five years.
A Russian Mig-29 fighter jet performs in MAKS-2011, the International Aviation and Space Show, in Zhukovsky outside Moscow on August 14, 2011. Two Russian fighter jets violated Japanese airspace on Thursday, as Tokyo scrambled jets to chase off the planes, the defence ministry said.
The planes were detected off the northern island of Hokkaido for just over a minute, shortly after Japan's new prime minister said he wanted to find a "mutually acceptable solution" to a decades-old territorial row between the two.
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