Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto expressed his determination July 24 to improve relations with Russia by considerably stepping up traditional government efforts.

Hashimoto said the Japanese government will work to improve bilateral relations based on three principles — trust, mutual benefit and a long-term perspective. “There is no doubt that working for better bilateral relations is the priority for both the governments of Japan and Russia toward the 21st century,” Hashimoto said during a meeting of the Japanese Association of Corporate Executives (Keizai-doyukai).

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