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Duma speaker opens Festival of Russian Culture in Japan

June 17, 15:24 UTC+3 TOKYO
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TOKYO, June 6. /TASS/. Russian State Duma Speaker Sergey Naryshkin has opened the 11th Festival of Russian Culture in Tokyo on Friday.

"By opening the 11Festival of Russian Culture, we give a start to the second decade of its history," Naryshkin said adding that Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier sent a greeting message to participants and guests of the festival.

"By cordially greeting artists, cultural figures and, of course, Japanese audience, the Russian president notes that 2016 is the Year of Cinematography in Russia. That’s why precisely this genre takes a special place in the festival’s program," the Duma speaker noted.

"The Russian president expressed confidence that the festival will become a bright and memorable event in the cultural life of Japan and will facilitate strengthening trust and mutual understanding between our peoples and our countries," he added.

Naryshkin also noted that the festival has become a kind and reliable tradition in Japan’s cultural life. "Hundreds of events, thousands of artists and millions of viewers. Every year organizers familiarize Japan with new edges of the Russian culture," the Duma speaker said adding that "familiarizing each other with one another’s culture helps to understand your partner better." "It is redundant to explain how important it is in the current uneasy situation," he concluded.

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