On June 5, the Japanese and Russian governments held a comprehensive working group meeting at the bureau-chief level through a video conference system. The meeting was held with an eye toward the full-scale implementation of joint economic activities in the Northern Territories. It was the first working-level meeting in four and a half months since the last meeting was held in Moscow on Jan. 22. The two sides confirmed that they would accelerate talks by assessing the situation of the new coronavirus.
The Japanese and Russian foreign ministers agreed in November last year to work toward the full-scale launch of trial sightseeing tours. But talks had been stalled due to the coronavirus outbreak. (Abridged)