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Close look at negotiations between Japan and Russia

160915 close-up gendaiNHK’s “Close-up Gendai Plus” reported on the summit meeting between PM Abe and Russian President Putin on Sept. 2, looking into why Tokyo and Moscow are suddenly improving relations. The program aired an interview with METI Minister Seko, who was appointed minister in charge of economic cooperation with Russia, in which he said he was instructed by PM Abe to come up with a concrete plan to show Russia how Japan’s cooperation will help improve Russia’s economy. The Japanese side reportedly analyzed President Putin’s remarks to ascertain Russia’s needs and decided to offer cooperation at the risk of provoking international criticism in order to make progress on the territorial issue.

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