Media: Russia has offered Japan to build on the Kuril Islands power plant and the market

Media: Russia has offered Japan to build on the Kuril Islands power plant and the market© Photo: Russian geographical society/Andrei Gorban

Japan and Russia exchanged proposals for joint activities on the Kuril Islands, many of them coincided, this is with reference to government sources the newspaper reported, «Yomiuri».

The Russian side was represented Japan at the meeting of Deputy Ministers of foreign Affairs on 18 March a package of 26 points. They include the creation of an enterprise for the breeding of salmon and trout, the construction of a plant for the processing of seafood, the formation of the commercial seafood market, the organization of sea cruises, the construction and repair of housing, construction of geothermal and wind power.

Japan, for its part, Russia offered a plan that includes 30 projects: construction of the enterprise for the breeding of sea urchins and scallops, as well as the plant seafood processing, remote medical services to the population of the Islands, cruise lines, construction of hotels, the creation of geothermal power plants.

The publication also reports that the Japanese side was before the visit of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Moscow on 27-28 April to arrange to visit the former inhabitants of the Kuril Islands to their ancestors ‘ graves on the Islands by air, but realize it still failed.

Agreement to discuss the possibility of joint economic activities on the Islands were reached at the Russian-Japanese summit during a visit to Japan Vladimir Putin in December. In February, foreign Minister Fumio Kishida at the first meeting of a specially created in the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Japan Council on joint economic activities called her primary areas: fishing, tourism, health and the environment.

Tokyo believes that joint economic activities on the Kuril Islands will be a step forward for a peace Treaty between the two countries — one of the main problems in Russian-Japanese relations. Japan connects the signing of the contract with the solution of territorial disputes Tokyo’s claim to the Islands of Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and Habomai, referring to bilateral Treatise on trade and borders of 1855. The return of the Islands to Japan made it a condition of signing a peace Treaty with Russia, which after the Second world war and was not signed. The position of Moscow consists that southern Kuriles became part of the Soviet Union at the end of the Second world war and the Russian sovereignty over them with appropriate international legal design, not subject to doubt.