Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga stated at a news conference on Aug. 29 that at their summit meeting to be held in Vladivostok on Sept. 2, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Vladimir Putin “will exchange views on the present state of the bilateral relationship, including concrete plans for the eight areas of economic cooperation proposed by the Prime Minister, and the outlook for the future.”
Abe proposed the eight areas of cooperation, which include energy development and economic promotion in the Far East, at a Japan-Russia summit in Sochi, southern Russia, last May.
Japan maintains that economic cooperation is premised on progress in the negotiations on the Northern Territories. It intends to use concrete cooperation plans as leverage to achieve progress in the talks on a bilateral peace treaty.
Suga stressed that “candid exchanges between the two leaders are indispensable” for the negotiations on concluding the peace treaty. He said: “I believe the Prime Minister is going into the discussions with great determination.”