Russia and Japan at odds over seven-decade-old Kuril Islands dispute

Kunashiri -- or Kunashir -- island, part of the archipelago under Russian control, as seen from the Rausu Kunashiri Observatory Deck in Rausu, Hokkaido prefecture.

(CNN)On Tuesday, the leaders of Japan and Russia will hold talks on what remains one of the world's longest-running unresolved international disputes.

The Kuril Islands, referred to as the Southern Kurils by Russia and the Northern Territories by Japan, were captured by Soviet forces following Japan's surrender to Allied Forces in 1945.
The resulting disagreement over who has rightful ownership of the islands has soured relations between the two countries, contributing to their continued failure to sign a World War II peace treaty.
    The disputed territory, located off the coast of the Japanese island of Hokkaido, consists of four separate islands: Iturup, known in Japanese as Etorofu, Kunashir, or Kunashiri, Shikotan and the islet group of Habomai.
      A tourist takes pictures of an islet making up part of the Habomai Islands at Cape Nosappu, a point on the Nemuro peninsula, Hokkaido prefecture.