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Relations between Russian Far East, Japan imrprove

August 22, 2013, 13:07 UTC+3

Russia-Japan forum particiapnts agree to promote mutually advantageous projects

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TOKYO, August 22 (Itar-Tass) - Relations between Russia’s Far Eastern regions and Japan have reached a new level, said participants in a forum of 28 leaders of Russian and Japanese cities.

The forum ended in Maizuru, Kyoto, on Thursday.

The organizers of the forum said the meeting “was held in an atmosphere of friendship and business-like cooperation”. The involvement of businessmen in the forum “made it possible to exchange views on concrete issues”, the organizers of the forum said.

During the meeting, the parties agreed to promote mutually advantageous projects in the energy sector, the infrastructure, logistics and other fields.

In a statement the participants in the forum said both countries developed their regions what opened new possibilities for regional cooperation.

The participants in the meeting “expressed deep concern about the difficult situation in the Far East that was hit by the disastrous flood in the Amur River Basin”.

The meetings between mayors of Japanese and Russian Siberian and Far East cities are being held since 1970. This is the 24th forum. This year the forum is attended by mayors of 18 Japanese cities, including Niigata, Akita, Toyama and Kanazawa, and Russian ones - Khabarovsk, Vladivostok, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and Yakutsk.

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