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TOKYO, January 17. /ITAR-TASS/. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe intends to attend the Sochi Winter Olympic Games opening ceremony despite his very tight schedule, Japanese NHK television said on Friday.
Besides, every year on February 7 Japan marks the so-called Day of Northern Territories (as Tokyo calls the Southern Kuriles), when traditionally a meeting with the participation of cabinet members and the prime minister is held in the capital.
However, according to NHK, the prime minister intends to fly out for Sochi immediately after the meeting to be on time for the Olympics opening ceremony. He expects to meet there with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Last year, the two leaders met four times.
Abe also plans to be acquainted with Russia's experience, as Tokyo will host the Winter Olympic Games in 2020.
Earlier, the Japanese premier considered visiting Sochi on February 22, by the closing ceremony.