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Russia moving forward unilaterally with plan to build garbage disposal site in Kunashiri

By Yu Tamura

 

MOSCOW – The government of Sakhalin Oblast in the Russian Far East, which effectively controls the Northern Territories, has revealed it has initiated a plan to build a waste disposal site at Furukamappu (Russian name: Yuzhno-Kurilsk) on Kunashiri Island. Bidding was held last month to select a contractor, and the project was awarded to a Russian firm.

 

According to the Sakhalin region government, the plan is to build a garbage disposal facility that can handle about 13,800 tons of household garbage a year. The site is expected to go online next year. The bidding was open to Japanese firms, but no Japanese firms are said to have joined.

 

The garbage disposal project had been seen as one of the most promising projects under Japan-Russia joint economic activities. In September 2019, Japanese experts visited Kunashiri. The project had been expected to move forward, but Russia took unilateral action to realize its plan.

 

Japan-Russia joint economic activities span five areas, such as garbage disposal and tourism, as part of efforts to build mutual trust between the two countries, but no project has been realized yet.

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