Japan will extend financial as well as technological support to Russia to help it establish a “preventive medicine and diagnosis center” in Khabarovsk, a Far Eastern city in the country, as part of its economic cooperation program with Russia. The move is aimed at widely introducing the custom of medical checkups to residents in the Far East region and helping them stay fit. Tokyo expects the prevalence of medical examinations to lift Japan’s exports of medical equipment to Russia once it takes root.
The plan is part of the eight-point economic cooperation program that the Japanese and Russian leaders signed in 2016. Russia’s Ministry of Healthcare will flesh out the plan together with the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. The two governments are working to hold a summit in May 2018 to highlight this as one of achievements.
Plans are underway for Russia’s Ministry of Healthcare to join hands with several other entities to establish a new healthcare facility within the Russian Railways Clinical Hospital in Khabarovsk. The Japanese side will solicit investments from trading houses, which deal with Russia, and medical and healthcare organizations.
Japan is looking to work closely with the Russian side to roll out similar healthcare facilities throughout Russia once the custom of undergoing medical checkups comes to stay in the Far East region.
The Japanese government wants to draw a forward-looking stance from Russia in negotiations on the Northern Territories issue by actively promoting economic cooperation in the Far East region. (Abridged)