Measures on the simplification of visa regime between Russia and Japan may be announced during the upcoming visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Japan, Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said on Saturday.


“As for the simplification of visa formalities, we have confirmed that we have been preparing for the visit of the Russian president, so that each side could announce the steps, which they consider,” Kishida said during a joint press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.


Putin is expected to visit Japan on December 15. The countries are expected to sign agreements in a wide range of areas, including economy, culture, science and humanitarian issues.