The meeting held recently in Vladivostok the meeting of Russian President Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Abe continues to be of keen interest to both countries. Close to the Japanese government source told “MK” some of the details associated with this (and future) meeting.
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The result of the meeting was that further elaborated the agenda – the two leaders agreed to meet on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Peru, which will take place on 19-20 November. And most importantly, what will be Putin’s visit to Japan on 15 December in Yamaguchi Prefecture, home of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. As the source noted, for the first time, Prime Minister Abe invited the foreign visitor to Yamaguchi: “This is the highest level of hospitality in the attitude of Mr Putin. There will be a hotel in the traditional Japanese style, they will be able to freely discuss issues.“
In preparation for Putin’s visit to Japan is expected to hold two events, the source said: this is planned for the near future a meeting of the Russian-Japanese Advisory Council on modernization of economy and the meeting of the Russian-Japanese intergovernmental Commission on trade-economic issues (date not yet determined).
The Vladivostok meeting was preceded by the may visit of the Japanese Prime Minister to Russian President in Sochi. There Shinzo Abe invited Putin a kind of eight-point plan for further cooperation between the two countries.
Noteworthy that the priority of this plan is to improve the lives of the Russian people. So, Tokyo offers to cooperate in the healthcare (we are talking about the creation and administration of hospitals, is equipped with Japanese equipment) and urban development (from construction Japanese technology houses to combat traffic jams).
Other Japanese proposals related to the cooperation between the enterprises of small and average business in the field of energy development, promoting diversification of the industrial structure of Russia, formation of the far East export base with access to markets in the Asia-Pacific region…
According to a source in Japan for the first time in history created a new Ministerial post – the Minister of cooperation with Russia in the field of Economics. They became Hiroshige Seko is the right arm of the Prime Minister in the Cabinet and the author of the plan of 8 points. For comprehensive execution of this plan, the source said, and created such a position.
Of course, long overdue is the question of imprisonment between the two countries peace Treaty. The source recalled that during the visit of Prime Minister Abe to Russia in April 2013 a document was signed stating the determination of both parties to find a mutually acceptable solution and to accelerate the negotiations. However, the recent intensive negotiations were not – they were resumed after the may leaders meeting in Sochi. The Japanese side proposed a “new approach” to solve the Kuril problem: if you had concentrated on the interpretation of the contract and the study of historical facts, it is now proposed to focus on the future and finding the solution. After meeting with Russian President Prime Minister Abe said the Japanese media that talks will be continued step by step. The source assessed the prospects of talks with cautious optimism.