Shibetoro District, Hokkaido

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Map of Shibetoro, Hokkaidō, circled in blue

In Japanese, Shibetoro District (蘂取郡, Shibetoro-gun) refers to a region disputed between Russia and Japan, currently under Russian administration. Under Japanese classification, it belongs to Nemuro Subprefecture, Hokkaidō, Japan. Cape Kamuiwakka (Russian: Cape Koritskiy) is the northernmost point under Japanese claim.


It was established in 1869 as part of Chishima Province when 11 provinces and 86 districts were established in Hokkaidō. The district initially consisted of Shibetoro (蘂取村) and Otoimaushi (乙今牛村) villages. In 1923, the two villages merged to become just Shibetoro (Rudnaya) village. On August 1945, it was invaded by the Soviet army. The region remains under control of the Russian Federation.

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