SEES TERRITORY VIOLATION BY MIGS THAT FELLED U.S. PHOTO CRAFT
KNOWLAND, BRIDGES BLAST BOHLEN FOR ATTENDING SOVIET PARTY
TOKYO (WEDNESDAY) NOV 10, 1944- AP
Japan today called the shooting down of a U.S. RB-29 photo plane Sunday by Russian Migs a "Provocative
Act" which it said 'Constitutes violation of Japanese Air".
"We urge the Soviet government to take necessary measures to prevent a recurrence of such provocative
actions", a Foreign Office announcement said.
The statement said the Japanese government was "seriously concerned".
The United States has protested the incident. One American was lost but 10 crewmen parachuted to safety
in the vicinity of Nemuro on the northeastern Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost main Island.
JAPAN CLAIMS ISLANDS
In the announcement , Japan also claims sovereignty over the Habomais, a chain of six small Islands
now occupied by Soviet troops.
It was the first time since the war that Japan officially claimed the Habomais.
The statement will not be delivered to the Soviet Union since Japan has no diplomatic ties with Russia.
The pilot of the plane told newsmen here he was never closer than 15 miles to the Russian-held waters
during the flight.
Russia has claimed the RB-29 shot first and was over Shikotan Island, one of the Harbomais group held
by the Soviets since the end of World War II.
The crew insisted they had not fired at the Migs.
The plane crashed 10 miles inland from Nemuro.
The Foreign Office said the Russian fighters "reportedly" fired on the plane over an area
near Nemuro. That constitutes a violation of Japan's air.
"We cannot help being seriously concerned over the use of force by the Soviet military aircraft
in the area from the viewpoint of Japan's security.
PEACE TREATY CITED
"Even if the incident took place over the Habomais-Shikotan Islands as announced by the Soviet
Union, the Japanese government must call serious attention of the Soviet government to the fact that
our country retains sovereignty over the area in accordance with the peace treaty signed in San Francisco".
Both the United States and Japan's governments define the Harbonais groups as part of Hokkaido. Russia
apparently maintains they were part of the Kuriles, which were given to Russia at the Yalta Conference.
Ambassador Charles E. Bohlen drew senatorial criticism for attending a big Russian celebration in Moscow
after Red planes shot down the American photo bomber north of Japan.