Japan and Russia ended two days of talks Friday in Tokyo, acknowledging certain progress toward creating a bilateral accord on investment protection.

The two sides reconfirmed their intention to conclude the accord as soon as possible and in line with the so-called Yeltsin-Hashimoto Plan, a bilateral economic cooperation program, according to the officials. During the second round of talks on the issue, Japan presented its draft proposal of an agreement which, among other things, calls for equal treatment of Japanese and Russian firms in their business activities in Russia, according to the officials.

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