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High-ranking Russian government economic officials to visit Japan in March and April

Russian economic ministers and other high-ranking officials will visit Japan at the end of March to discuss economic cooperation with their Japanese counterparts, according to sources familiar with Japan-Russia relations. The two countries aim to steadily move forward with cooperation in economic areas in advance of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s two trips to Russia scheduled for this year.


Russian Minister for Economic Development Maksim Oreshkin, President Putin’s special representative in charge of trade and economic cooperation with Japan, will arrive in Japan on March 24 and meet with Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshige Seko (minister for economic cooperation with Russia). They will discuss measures to promote the 68 agreements covering economic projects reached by the two nations in December 2016. It is thought they will also exchange views on joint economic activities on the Northern Territories.


High-ranking officials from the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Finance, and the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection will also visit Japan from the end of this month through the beginning of April.


Prime Minister Abe plans to visit Russia at the end of April and to attend the Eastern Economic Forum which will be held in Vladivostok at the beginning of September. The two governments aim to discuss cooperation measures with an eye to preparing items to be agreed on at the forum.


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