The Minister for trade Japan: Tokyo and Moscow will expand areas of cooperation

MOSCOW, November 6 — RIA Novosti. The Minister of economy, trade and industry of Japan, Hiroshige Seko, said that Tokyo and Moscow to discuss cooperation in many sectors of the economy. About the Minister said in an interview with the Financial Times.

“Japanese-Russian economic relations is still focused around energy. But there are areas of interest to the Russians, for example, hospitals and the urban development, promotion of industry in the far East and cooperation in the field of high technologies. We want to see the set of projects that will allow the Russians to feel that their life is changing,” — said the Minister.

Seko refused to name specific projects, but noted that the Japanese side has put forward for consideration several dozens of initiatives, and Moscow offered to about 70. In total, we can talk about hundreds of joint projects.

The media often noted the prospects of cooperation between the two countries in the modernization of the Khabarovsk airport, the construction of terminals for export of coal to Vanino and in the port of Vostochny, as well as the development of hydrocarbon fuels and alternative energy sources.

“Now officials from various ministries working together with Russian colleagues to define a clear scope of the projects and to assess which of them can be implemented. In this direction follow a huge effort,” added the Minister.

Commenting on the prospects of the negotiations on the territorial dispute, Seko noted that at the current stage Japan’s first priority to mutually beneficial economic relations with Russia and “not too think” about the territorial issue.

However, the success in economic cooperation “will help to create a more conducive environment for Prime Minister Abe and foreign Minister Kishida” to hold talks on the Islands, the Minister added.

Prime Minister of Japan during his visit to Sochi on may 6 gave the Russian President a plan for the development of Russian-Japanese cooperation. The plan consists of eight items, and involves the development of relations including in energy, economy, and infrastructure.