As Japan and Russia move closer together not only on resolving the Kuril Islands issue, both countries will be in continuous trade discussions including on agriculture. Vladimir Putin has demonstrated that Russia will become the largest non-GMO food exporting country in the future and Japan has taken an interest in importing Russia-produced grain. Japan is not only investing in Russia’s infrastructure in eastern Russia, but now Japan has expressed an interest in the private sector for developing food production in eastern Russia. One of the biggest reasons for Japan’s decision to develop agricultural trade with Russia, is because Japan consumes a large amount of wheat every year and has reduced its dependence on GMO-produced wheat from the US. All very good signs Japan and Russia will be cooperating more on most economic levels as Japan continues to carefully distance itself from the US.
September 19, 2016
Japan Mulls Playing Role in Development of Agriculture in Russia’s Far East
TOKYO (Sputnik) – According to the Sankei Shimbun daily, Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry Hiroshige Seko will visit Moscow to discuss these proposals before November.
A new Japanese agency will be created to support private sector for developing of agriculture in Russia’s Far East. It will seek to increase agricultural production and improve the quality of products using Japanese technology, the newspaper said.
Japan reportedly hopes that this program will promote the settlement of its territorial issue with Russia.
Japan and Russia have never signed a permanent peace treaty after World War II due to a disagreement over four islands, which Russia calls the Southern Kurils and Japan the Northern Territories. The disputed islands, located in the Sea of Okhotsk, were claimed by Soviet forces at the end of the war.
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