A new plan of cooperation between Russia and Japan is advantageous for both countries, it is important to seek its implementation, Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Hiroshige Seko, said on Monday speaking at a reception at the Russian Embassy in Tokyo on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of restoring diplomatic relations between the two countries.


Hiroshige Seko


“This is a plan where both sides are working for mutual benefit. I would like to exert every effort for its implementation,” said Seko who was earlier also appointed the minister in charge of economic relations with Russia. “I have received instructions from Prime Minister Abe to accelerate the implementation of economic projects with Russia, and I was the one who prepared the eight-point plan presented to President Putin in Sochi,” the minister added.


He also promised to make efforts to organize the Russian leader’s visit to Japan and create conditions for a summit.


Earlier in the day, Tokyo hosted a Russian-Japanese forum dedicated to the 60th anniversary of restoring diplomatic relations between the two countries. Taking part in it were Russian Ambassador to Japan, Yevgeny Afanasyev, and Vice President of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party of Japan, Masahiko Komura, who is also the chairman of the Japan-Russia society.


The plan to develop relations between the two countries was proposed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in Sochi on May 6. It envisages the development of relations between Japan and Russia in the energy sector, small and medium-sized businesses, the promotion of the industrialization of the Far East and the expansion of the export base. In addition, it contains a proposal to strengthen cooperation in advanced technologies, including the nuclear power industry, and in humanitarian exchanges.