MOSCOW, April 22. /TASS/. Russia and Japan has agreed to establish a working group on legal issues relating to joint business activities on the South Kuril Islands, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s statement issued following the fifth round of consultations between Russian and Japanese Deputy Foreign Ministers Igor Morgulov and Takeo Mori with the participation of the Sakhalin Region administration in Tokyo reads.
The parties considered issues of implementing the coordination projects in five spheres approved at the highest level (aquaculture, greenhouse facilities, package tours, wind energy and recycling) taking into account the priorities of the socioeconomic development of the Kuril and South Kuril districts, the Ministry specified. "We also discussed the issue of establishing a free movement regime between the aforementioned Russian Region and the Japanese prefecture of Hokkaido," the statement reads.
"In order to work out the legal aspects of joint businesses, the parties have agreed to create a steering working group," the Ministry said. "The schedule for the next round of consultations will be agreed through political channels.".