Japanese businessmen will visit the South Kuril Islands

© RIA Novosti / Ekaterina to Chesnokova in fotoangelo Yuzhno-Kurilsk on Kunashir island. Archival photoJapanese businessmen will visit the South Kuril Islands© RIA Novosti / Ekaterina to Tecnocovering the image Bank

A group of businessmen and government officials will travel on Tuesday to the southern Kuriles with a five-day visit to explore opportunities for joint economic activities, said broadcaster NHK.

The group will leave from Nemuro in Hokkaido and will arrive in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Earlier it was reported that the delegation included 32 representatives of enterprises, companies and public institutions in Japan: the foreign Ministry staff, the Ministry of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, as well as private business representatives of the tourist and fishing industry, health-care and construction. The group is headed by the special assistant to the Prime Minister of Japan eiichi Hasegawa.

The delegation will meet with the leadership of the Sakhalin region, visit promising from the point of view of the beginning of joint economic activities of the objects.

Agreement to discuss the possibility of joint economic activities on southern Kuriles was reached at the Russian-Japanese summit in December 2016. In February 2017, the Japanese foreign Minister Fumio Kishida called her primary areas: fishing, tourism, health and the environment.

In 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.