Viktor Ishaev held talks with the Japanese PM in Tokyo.
KHABAROVSK. April 21. VOSTOK-MEDIA – Presidential envoy to the Russian Far East Viktor Ishaev held talks with Japan’s Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama in Tokyo.
“The talks resulted in agreement under which Japan will help to renovate the economy of Russia’s Far East and participate in major infrastructure projects,” Viktor Ishaev summed up the results of the meeting with Yukio Hatoyama.
During the talks, the Presidential envoy told about the priority the Russian President and the Government give to the development of Russia’s Far East. He said that Russia will be integrated with the countries of the Asia-Pacific Region through Russia’s Far East. In this regard, there are two areas of Russian-Japanese cooperation: purchasing natural resources and the renovation of economy.
The Russian and Japanese officials agreed that the two economies are quite complementary, a spokesman for the Presidential envoy told Vostok-Media.
Mr. Hatoyama told Viktor Ishaev that Japan is interested in the Sakhalin-3 project, the development of Elginsky coal deposit, construction of port infrastructure in the East of Russia, and the construction of coal and grain terminals.
The Japanese PM told Viktor Ishaev about his recent meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, during which they discussed a variety of economical and political issues of the bilateral cooperation.
“At present, Medvedev is on friendly terms with Yukio Hatoyama, something that should definitely contribute to the development of business relations,” Viktor Ishaev stressed.
The Japanese Prime Minister stated that he understands the importance of the economical renovation of the Russian Far East, the country’s gateway to the Asia-Pacific. He asked Viktor Ishaev to help improve business climate for those Japanese businessmen, who are willing to work in Russia. Viktor Ishaev replied that he had issued a decree establishing foreign investments council, which consists of local and federal authorities and businessmen. The council focuses on creation of favorable conditions for foreign investments and removal of the administrative barriers to foreign economic activity in Russia’s Far East.
At the end of the meeting, Mr. Hatoyama thanked Viktor Ishaev for the decades-long contribution to the cause of strengthening Russian-Japanese ties.
The meetings and talks were held in the atmosphere of cordiality and mutual respect. The Russian side at the meeting was also presented by the governors of Khabarovsk Krai and Sakhalin Oblast.