Putin and Abe will attend the opening ceremony of the «cross years» of Russia and Japan

© RIA Novosti / Michael Clientgenerated in Photobacterium of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe. Archival photoPutin and Abe will attend the opening ceremony of the «cross years» of Russia and Japan© RIA Novosti / Michael Clientgenerated the image Bank

Tokyo hopes that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin on may 26, 2018 will participate in the opening ceremony of the «cross years» of Russia in Japan and Japan in the Russian Federation, said in an interview with RIA Novosti, Ambassador of Japan, Toecheese Kozuki.

He recalled that 2018 is the «Year of Japan in Russia and Year of Russia in Japan.»

«Under these «cross year» we will hold large-scale events in the field of performing arts, various exhibitions. In particular, on may 26 of next year is planned the opening ceremony with the participation of leaders from Japan and Russia, during which we hope to acquaint the Russians with superior cultural achievements,» said Kozuki.

According to him, Tokyo intends to expand exchanges in the field of television and to promote the Japanese language in Russia. In addition, as the diplomat said, in Tokyo I think it is important the implementation of other projects aimed at deepening of knowledge of Russians about Japan. «I hope that all these projects will be significant and expanding humanitarian exchanges between Japan and Russia – to such an extent that did not exist previously,» said the Ambassador.

Earlier, the Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters that the Prime Minister of Japan agreed to participate in the St. Petersburg international economic forum in 2018. Forum 2018 will be held may 24-26.