• Kyodo


Senior officials from Japan and Russia agreed Monday to promote bilateral economic cooperation on developing the Russian Far East, according to the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo.

The two sides reached the agreement after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe presented an eight-point plan, including development of the Russian region closest to Japan, in a May 6 meeting with President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, southern Russia, as part of efforts to address the 70-year-old territorial dispute over four Russian-held islands off Hokkaido.

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