Coronavirus pandemic did not hinder economic cooperation between Russia and Japan
Despite a difficult year, we managed not only to continue existing projects but were even able to launch new ones. An express test for coronavirus was created, and a container train with Japanese goods was launched for the first time on the Trans-Siberian Railway. Construction began on a centre for preventive medicine in Khabarovsk. The Japanese company Fanuc opened an engineering centre in Skolkovo. Future plans include the creation of liquefied natural gas trans-shipment complexes in Kamchatka and the Murmansk region and the construction of an ion therapy centre for cancer treatment in Obninsk. We are preparing to enter new and promising tracks in hydrogen energy, climate change, the creative economy, and e-commerce — Maksim Reshetnikov, Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation.
Japan has been and remains our most reliable partner, a partner in a variety of areas. In terms of investments, this includes, of course, the further development of projects with Mitsubishi and Toyota Tsusho. Mitsubishi has placed its headquarters in Kaluga this year, and together with Peugeot Citroën has been working with us since 2009. Along with Volkswagen and Volvo, it makes up the core of the automotive cluster, which accounts for 12% of the automobiles produced in the country today — Vladislav Shapsha, Governor of Kaluga Region.
We operate a wonderful plant built in Tatarstan by Mitsubishi and Sojitz. I must say that Japanese equipment has proved its reliability. We are very pleased with this plant. Its capacity is 720 thousand tonnes of ammonia and methanol. We are grateful for your contribution — Roman Trotsenko, Founder, Chairman of the Board of Directors, AEON Corporation.
Foreign trade between Japan and Russia reached 50 million tonnes last year. This is 5.5% growth from 2019. This year, we have noted a steady growth in transit freight traffic — 40% — Sergey Pavlov, First Deputy Managing Director, Russian Railways.
We launched our machining shop for Mazda engine parts. It was a very difficult start, given that cooperation was interrupted, and we could not communicate directly. On the other hand, however, we have introduced a lot of interesting digital communication methods. [...] Thanks to such mobile cooperation and even VR technologies, we still managed to launch production — Vadim Shvetsov, Director General, PJSC Sollers.