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Putin: Russia ready to share experience in staging Winter Games with Japan

February 08, 2014, 16:06 UTC+3 SOCHI

Japan will host Summer Olympics in 2020

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SOCHI, February 08. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia is ready to share with Japan its experience of preparations for Olympic Games, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said during a meeting with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

“No doubt, Japan has many opportunities, achievements in organization of similar events,” the president said referring to the Summer Olympic Games, which Japan will host in 2020. “However, I believe, your specialists will be interested to see how things are organized in Sochi, I mean, we ourselves have worked and involved experts from all over the world as well.”

Shinzo Abe said he “was touched by the past ceremony.”

“It was wonderful, and I am happy I had a chance to attend it,” the prime minister said.

He said that, as far as he knew, over 12,000 units of equipment used during the opening ceremony had been supplied by Japan’s Panasonic Company.

“I am very pleased that our technologies could contribute in the successful ceremony, and that it was an example of the Russian-Japanese cooperation,” Abe said.

Shinzo Abe addressed Putin friendly, by the first name, and wished success in organization of the Games.

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