The government of Japan intends to provide Russia detailed plan for joint economic activities on southern Kuriles. On Sunday, February 26, RIA Novosti reported, citing the Nikkei newspaper. Suggestions are expected, the parties will discuss at the talks in Tokyo, scheduled for March 18.
The plan contains initiatives on medicine, fisheries, environment and tourism. So, the Japanese government proposed the idea of remote medical care to the inhabitants of the Islands. It is expected that this will deal with doctors working in hospitals on the Northern island of Hokkaido. They will be able to advise as to Russian physicians and patients, reports TASS.
In the matter of tourism, Tokyo, expects to organize cruises for the Japanese tourists on some Islands of the South Kuril Islands. Regarding fisheries, Japan has offered Russia a joint venture for the processing of salmon and other fish, as well as for the production of valuable shellfish called abalone.
In addition, the Japanese authorities believe that the environmentalists of the two countries can work together to work on conservation in the area of the environment.
On 31 January the representative of the RF President in the far Eastern Federal district (DFO), Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Trutnev said that the Russian side has prepared proposals on the issue of joint use by Moscow and Tokyo lands in the South Kuril Islands.
January 8, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that the joint operation of Japan and Russia on the South Kuril Islands could become “a big plus on the way to the conclusion of a peace Treaty” between the countries.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Shinzo Abe agreed on a document about the beginning of consultations on joint economic activities of two countries in the South Kuril Islands in December 2016, during the Russian leader’s visit to Japan. It was noted that the proposals for cooperation between the countries will provide to the President in early 2017.
Following the end of world war II between Moscow and Tokyo never signed a peace Treaty. The main obstacle to the signing of the document is the unresolved dispute over the southern Kuril Islands, namely the largest Islands: Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and the Habomai group.