The Japanese delegation is looking for in the southern Kurils opportunities for cooperation

© RIA Novosti / Ekaterina to Chesnokova in photobacteria of the island. Archival photoThe Japanese delegation is looking for in the southern Kurils opportunities for cooperation© RIA Novosti / Ekaterina to Tecnocovering the image Bank

The Japanese delegation, comprising 70 businessmen and government officials will visit the South Kuril Islands, going to find during your stay «hidden opportunities for cooperation» between the two countries, the journalists before departure to Kunashir said the head of group, special assistant to the Prime Minister of Japan eiichi Hasegawa.

«Until we know the situation on the ground, specific projects can not be formed, therefore, (this trip) a big step forward. We intend to conduct a very deep research and find hidden opportunities. This study is necessary in order to more quickly realize and to embody the agreements reached by leaders of the two countries,» said Hasegawa.

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 set out from Nemuro in Hokkaido and will arrive at Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk in order to find out opportunities for joint economic activities on the Islands that the postwar years, Japan is disputing with Russia. 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.

Agreement to discuss the possibility of joint economic activities on southern Kuriles was reached at the Russian-Japanese summit in December 2016. 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.