The special assistant to the Prime Minister of Japan will visit Sakhalin

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The special assistant to the Prime Minister of Japan eiichi Hasegawa sent to Sakhalin for the preparation of the visit of a group of Japanese businessmen and government officials to the southern Kurils at the end of June.

Goals and objectives

As reported by RIA Novosti in the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Japan, special assistant to the Prime Minister will head to Sakhalin on may 30, the main meeting will be held on may 31. Planned negotiations with the Governor Oleg Kozhemyako. The main purpose of the visit was to discuss joint economic activities on southern Kuriles. Will discuss and negotiate where to go, a group of businessmen and officials in late June that it will be able to see.

Another important part of the visit Hasegawa — specification and clarification on projects of joint economic activity in which the two sides exchanged earlier.

In accordance with the April agreement between the two countries ‘ leaders in late June on the southern Kuril Islands will head a group of government representatives and business circles, which will have to get acquainted with the situation and to explore options for concrete implementation of joint projects of economic activities.


Earlier Russia proposed Japan for more than two dozen projects that include the creation of an enterprise for the breeding of salmon and trout, the construction of a plant for the processing of seafood, commercial seafood market, the organization of sea cruises, the construction and repair of housing, construction of geothermal and wind power.

Japan has offered Russia a plan that includes 30 projects: construction of the enterprise for the breeding of sea urchin and scallops, the construction of a factory for seafood processing, remote medical services for the inhabitants of the Islands, cruise lines, hotel construction, creation of geothermal power plants.

Agreement to discuss the possibility of joint economic activities on southern Kuriles was reached at the Russian-Japanese summit during his visit to Japan President of Russia Vladimir Putin in December 2016. In February 2017, the Japanese foreign Minister Fumio Kishida at the first meeting of a specially created by the Ministry Council on joint economic activities called her primary areas: fishing, tourism, health and the environment.

In late April, during a visit to Moscow, Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe, the two leaders agreed on the direction of the southern Kuril Islands joint group of government officials and business representatives that could on the spot study of promising areas for joint cooperation.

Tokyo believes that joint economic activities on southern Kuriles 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 peace Treaty with the solution of territorial disputes — Japan claims the Islands of Etorofu, Kunashiri, Shikotan and Habomai, referring to bilateral Treatise on trade and borders of 1855. The return of the Islands Tokyo 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.