Russia and Japan can significantly increase cooperation through the joint development of the Northern Sea Route, the Trans-Siberian Railway, and the Baikal–Amur Mainline
In order to develop the Arctic resources, it is necessary to enhance the logistic routes that can be used to deliver the extracted resources to the sales markets. In this sense, it is expected that cooperation between Russia and Japan will advance along the lines of developing the Northern Sea Route and constructing the transshipment bases in Kamchatka and Murmansk — Masami Iijima, Chairman, Japan Association for Trade with Russia and the NIS (ROTOBO); Counselor, Mitsui & Co. Ltd.
With multilateral support, we would like to promote projects for the development of the eastern section of the Northern Sea Route, since it is a venture that meets the national interests of both countries — Takeshi Hashimoto, President, Representative Director, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd.
There is a potential for using the capacity of the Northern Sea Route and the Trans-Siberian Railway — Maksim Reshetnikov, Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation.
In the situation of a pandemic, we saw reduced air traffic, delays and congestion in seaports, and increased costs of freight. So, the focus is once again on the Trans-Siberian Railway and the Baikal–Amur Mainline. Especially after the Suez Canal situation, when the ship ran aground back in March, people started to consider alternative routes, including the overland route through Siberia. With an increase in the volume of commodity flow, the issue will inevitably be its modernization and the upgrade of the port infrastructure. This is where the countries could cooperate in a lot of ways — Fumiya Kokubu, Chairman, Japan-Russian Committee for Economic Cooperation, Federation of Economic Organisations Keidanren; Chairman of the Board of Directors, Marubeni Corporation.