Japan will help Russia to improve the Voronezh – it will be a platform for the implementation of the pilot project on creation of a new urban environment. In an interview with TASS said the Japanese Minister for cooperation with Russia in Economics, Hiroshige Seko. Japan is preparing a package of initiatives to intensify cooperation for the visit of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin.

An interview with the Japanese official published on the website TASS.

The choice for the pilot project of the city, which, among other things, became part of a sustainable turnaround, “bomb Voronezh” (that is, their actions cause more harm than others), Seko explained: “the Experts of both parties for town-planning compared different cities of Russia in terms of population or the challenges facing each city, and chose a city where the most necessary or useful to implement the Japanese technology. The overall assessment showed that Voronezh is suitable as the first pilot city. No political considerations”.

The Minister said that just to work around selected 30 priority projects. “We will consider (them) in an expedited manner, so that by the second decade of December, that is, to the arrival of President Vladimir Putin to Japan, we were able to show a certain result,” – said Seko.

“The Japanese are pinning great hopes on this visit, the first official visit of the Russian President to Japan in 11 years. I have to say that our people wish that the two leaders, Vladimir Putin and Shinzo Abe were able to discuss all issues with an open mind,” said the Minister.

By establishing close economic relations and cooperation in the field of medicine, Japan hopes to affect the prospects of concluding a peace Treaty with Russia. The topic is extremely difficult due to the intention of Japan to get back the lost after the Second world war the southern Kuril Islands. Ahead of the visit, the media received a variety of leaks about the essence of the new approach enunciated by Prime Minister Abe. For example, in mid-October, reports surfaced that Japan agreed to return only two of the four Islands, which they call Northern territories.

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.

In the Declaration it says that the USSR agrees to convey to the Japanese side Shikotan and Habomai ridge, but only after the conclusion of a peace Treaty between the two countries, which is still there.

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.

Japan will help Russia to improve the Voronezh 05.11.2016

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