Japan-Russia Summit Meeting (Overview)
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
On Monday, June 18, Mr. Yoshihiko Noda, the Prime Minister of Japan, on a visit to Los Cabos, Mexico to attend the G20 Summit Meeting, held a Japan-Russia Summit Meeting with Mr. Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, the President of the Russian Federation. It was the first meeting for the two leaders, and held in a relaxed atmosphere.
- Japan-Russia relations
The two leaders shared the views that the strategic environment in this region is greatly changing and agreed to strengthen efforts being made by Japan and Russia, with a view to contributing to the stability and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region. The two leaders confirmed, in particular, the importance of promoting cooperation in the field of security and defense as well as cooperation on the sea.
- Territorial issue
The two leaders agreed on reactivating negotiations concerning the territorial issue, and instructing their respective foreign ministries to carry forward substantial discussions in a calm environment. Then, the two leaders agreed to coordinate Minister Gemba's visit to Moscow as early as this summer to discuss the progress of bilateral relations in a wide range of fields, including the territorial issue.
The two leaders reiterated their basic recognition that further enhancement of bilateral economic relations would be beneficial for both Japan and Russia. Moreover, the two leaders agreed to engage themselves actively in cooperation in the field of economy including energy, for the purpose of advancing such cooperation based on the principle of mutual benefit.
Prime Minister Noda stated that he expected tangible progress such as the realization of the LNG project in Vladivostok and the participation of Japanese enterprises in the Sakhalin 3 Project.
President Putin expressed his expectation for further development of bilateral economic relations, stating that the trade volume between Japan and Russia is not up to the potential of their economic relations, although investment from Japan has been increasing recently.
- Human/cultural exchange
The two leaders shared views that deepening of mutual understanding by activating exchanging at all levels is required for further development of bilateral relations, and confirmed that the two countries would advance exchange between their people and members of parliament, as well as cultural exchange.
Specifically, Prime Minister Noda mentioned, as an example of grass-roots level support and exchange, that the one-year-old girl, Anna Melnikova, the daughter of the member of the Russian rescue team who worked in Ishinomaki City following the Great East Japan Earthquake, is undergoing medical treatment for leukemia in Japan. He also mentioned that an Akita dog would be presented from Akita Prefecture to President Putin as an expression of gratitude from the people in Tohoku region.