We are in the middle of the cross-year – Russia–Japan, Japan–Russia. A lot of hard work is being done both at the level of businesses and in humanitarian exchanges. The work on the eight-point cooperation plan set out by Prime Minister Shinzō Abe has intensified — Alexey Repik, President, Delovaya Rossiya (Business Russia).
About a hundred projects have been launched as part of the eight-point cooperation plan implementation. Many of those already yield tangible results in such areas as renewable energy, medicine, and agriculture — Shigeru Murayama, President of the Japan Association for Trade with Russia and the NIS (ROTOBO); Chairman of the Board of Directors, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd..
Over 150 projects have been started within implementation of the eight-point cooperation plan, and more than 200 documents have been signed in total. A great emphasis is put on cooperation in the Far East — Tatsuya Terazawa, Vice Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan for International Affairs.
The Republic of Yakutia is dynamically developing relations with Japan. A project on a year-round greenhouse facility with the total area of 3 hectares is being implemented. By 2020 it will bring over USD 10 million of profit — Aysen Nikolaev, Acting Head of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).
Export of metals, alloys, corn, timber, as well as liquefied natural gas and crude oil is successfully developing in the Far East under the Sakhalin II project — Masami Iijima, Representative Director, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mitsui & Co., Ltd..
Five years ago we opened a diagnostic centre outside Vladivostok. Our efforts result in annual growth in the number of patients and improvement of local healthcare — Takao Nishida, Deputy Secretary General, Hokuto Social Medical Corporation.
In September 2017, we launched a USD 1 billion Russia–Japan Investment Fund. Out of this amount USD 200 million has been allocated to three projects and we have almost completed the fourth investment round in automotive industry start-ups — Tadashi Maeda, Governor of the Board of Directors, Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC).