Japan is ready to contribute to the improvement of medical services in Russia seeking the work of Japanese doctors in the Russian hospitals. Agreement on cooperation in the medicine will be part of a package aimed at strengthening bilateral ties, which it hopes Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, will help conclude a peace Treaty and resolving territorial dispute over the South Kuril Islands, reports TASS with reference to the publication of the newspaper Nikkei. RIA “Novosti” with reference to the newspaper Yomiuri reports that the Japanese are planning to establish cooperation in the space sector.
Proposals are being prepared for the upcoming in mid-December visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Japan, where he will meet with Prime Minister Abe. In late September, Putin instructed Prime Minister Medvedev to assign responsibility for the development of economic cooperation with Japan. October 1, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich from the Russian side confirmed the preparation of bilateral agreements to the December visit of Putin, but without specifics.
Nikkei reports some details of cooperation in the field of medicine. Note that Japan, according to the world health organization, is a world leader in life expectancy is 83.7 per year. Russia in this list on the 100-th place with an index of 72.
According to Nikkei, Japan will ask the Russian side to the Japanese doctors could practice medicine in hospitals in Russia. If approved, Japan will also be asked permission for doctors to include in diet Japanese hospital food.” Japan also intends to propose to use a number of technologies that reduce the burden on patients during operations.
In addition, under this plan, Japan may ease visa regime for Russian citizens and offer them a specially designed tour packages”.
Another paragraph provides for cooperation with “Mail of Russia”: it Toshiba and Japan Post will offer assistance with technology rapid sorting and delivery of mail.
RIA “Novosti” reminds that earlier, a group of Japanese companies JGC has asked Russia to consider the possibility of harmonizing medical standards of the two countries to implement projects in the far East.
Khabarovsk Krai JGC offers various construction projects of the medical center with investment of 1.5 to 10 billion rubles. The Japanese side earlier it was expected that Japanese doctors will be able to work at the center, but it needs to resolve the issue of medical standards.
The Kuril Islands and the peace agreement
Owned by Japan, the Kuril Islands were incorporated into the Soviet Union after the end of world war II and victory over Japan. Since then, Tokyo disputes ownership of the southern Islands of Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and group of Islands Habomai. In 1956, signed a joint Declaration ending the state of war between the USSR and Japan, but a peace Treaty was never signed.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced a “new approach” to the problem of the Kuril Islands during the talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi in may 2016. He also proposed a comprehensive program of cooperation with Moscow.
In early September, Putin and Abe met on the East economic forum – where the Japanese delegation was the most numerous among the foreign ones. The leaders agreed that the Russian President will arrive in Japan on 15 December 2016. It is expected that during this visit will move forward the negotiations on the Kuril Islands and conclude a peace agreement.
Ahead of the meeting with the Japanese Prime Minister in an interview with Bloomberg Putin has declared its intention to find a solution to the Kuril Islands. He once again stressed that “we do not sell territories”, but assured that Russia “would very much like to find a solution to this problem with our Japanese friends.”