Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshige Seko, who is also responsible for the development of economic ties with Russia, has retained his post in the cabinet reshuffle on Thursday, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga reported.

Seko has been Tokyo’s chief negotiator at talks with Moscow for the development of bilateral economic relations, including negotiations on possible joint economic activity on the Southern Kurils, for already more than a year.

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