One Japanese crab fisherman was shot to death when a Russian patrol boat opened fire on his ship. The border guards seized the boat, accusing the crew of poaching, smuggling, and illegal entry into Russian territorial waters.
Tokyo says the ship was in Japanese waters at the time of the shooting.
Japanese authorities are protesting Russia's response to the alleged poaching as too severe, and say the incident could harm relations.
Meanwhile, a strong earthquake jolted the eastern Russian region of Sakhalin in the Pacific Ocean today, causing some minor injuries. Some structural damage to buildings and waterpipes was also reported.
The tremor was measured at a magnitude of 6.1, and its epicenter was some 20 kilometers southwest of Sakhalin Island. Meanwhile, another quake with a magnitude of 5.9 shook the eastern side of Kamchatka. No injuries were reported.
(AFP, ITAR-TASS, AP, Interfax)