The government of Japan will be a new Ministerial post “on economic relations with Russia”, which will take the acting Minister of economy, trade and industry Hiroshige Seko. This decision, according to NHK television station, was attended by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
This step this step is aimed at the development of Russian-Japanese economic relations in preparation for the forthcoming meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the second East economic forum (WEF).
In addition, Abe has proposed to increase the level of trust between Moscow and Tokyo every year to hold the summit in Vladivostok.
August 30 edition of The Japan Times, citing informed sources said that Japan will provide economic assistance to the Russian Far East, even under the condition that the territorial dispute about the Kuril Islands will not be permitted. “We see that our previous policies have not achieved progress in the territorial negotiations, so we have to change our way of thinking,” said a source in the Japanese government.
Part of the assistance programme of eight items, which Abe presented to Putin in may this year, will be implemented in autumn 2016, said the source publication. In particular, the project will be launched by improving health services in the far East, which will have completed construction in the region of the hospital, equipped with high-tech Japanese equipment.
In addition, according to sources, The Japan Times, the Russian and Japanese officials will be tasked to create a base that Japan could accept patients from the Far East.
The head of the government of Japan believes that the improvement of the health services in the far East will allow Japan to gain the trust of Moscow, since the support region from Tokyo can solve the issue of population decline in the region, noted the sources.
The Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a two-day East economic forum which will be held in Vladivostok on 2 and 3 September. At this meeting, according to sources, the Japanese Prime Minister confirmed the readiness of Tokyo to provide economic support to the Far East.