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Putin voices hope for further development of Russo-Japanese relations

20161202 morning3All papers reported on Russian President Putin’s state of the union address yesterday, in which he vowed to strengthen ties with Japan by saying: “I would like to see a qualitative improvement in Russia-Japan relations.” He welcomed Japan’s eight-point economic package by saying that the Japanese leadership is trying to deepen economic bonds with Moscow.


In a related story, all papers said Foreign Minister Kishida left for Moscow last night for talks with Putin and Foreign Minister Lavrov to lay the groundwork for the Russian leader’s visit to Japan in mid-December. Kishida is expected to hold talks with Lavrov on the proposed “joint economic activities” on the Northern Territories and visa-free visits to the contested islands by Japanese. 

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