Fumio Kishida said he will discuss with his Russian counterpart on joint economic activities on Southern Kuriles, as well as visiting the Islands of their former residents "subject to the consultations at the level of Deputy Ministers in order to conclude a peace Treaty, according to the decision of our leaders to accelerate that process".
At the talks in Tokyo, the governments of Russia and Japan have submitted plans of cooperation projects in the field of fisheries, tourism and healthcare. The Japanese Minister said that regional security issues, including the issue of nuclear and missile programs, will be discussed later in the format "2 2" with the participation of defense Ministers of the two countries.
Kishida hopes that the visit of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Russia will be held in the near future. Sergey Lavrov expressed hope on the development of participants of negotiations common positions.
The agreement to discuss joint economic activities on Southern Kuriles was reached at the Russian-Japanese summit during a visit to Japan by Russian President Vladimir Putin on December 15-16 2016. Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida at the first meeting of the joint Council on economic activities called her primary areas: fishing, tourism, health and the environment.
The negotiations of the head of the defense Ministry Sergei Shoigu and the defense Minister of Japan Tomomi Inada also begun, reports TASS. Strengthening defense relations of the Russian Federation and Japan should not lag behind the dynamics of political contacts, said Shoigu. According to him, "in 2016, the bilateral relations have intensified". "It is important that we managed to secure the progressive nature of their development", — said the Minister of defence, adding that, "despite the known difficulties," cooperation between Russia and Japan "has been consistently developing".
In turn, Japan's defense Minister Tomomi Inada protested against the deployment of Russian divisions on the Southern Kuril Islands and the stationing there of rockets of a class "earth — ship", according to news Agency Kyodo.
About plans to deploy in the Kuril Islands of the Russian division, said earlier the Minister of defence of Russia Sergey Shoigu. According to him, the relevant work should be completed "this year". In 2016 on the Islands Iturup and Kunashir have been placed coastal missile complexes "Bastion" and "Ball". In 2015, there were put on combat duty anti-aircraft missile systems "tor-M2U".
In Japan in connection with these plans protested. The Japanese foreign Ministry said that the strengthening of Russian military presence on the Kuril Islands contrary to the Japanese position that the Islands are originally Japanese territory. In Moscow once again pointed out that the deployment of troops and missiles on the Kuril Islands is a sovereign right of the Russian Federation.
Moscow and Tokyo continue to discuss the possibility of concluding a peace Treaty. The main obstacle remains the issue of membership of the southern part of the Kuril Islands. Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and a number of small uninhabited Islands of the lesser Kuril ridge, which in Japan is called Habomai, became part of the Soviet Union at the end of the war. They belong to the disputed Tokyo. Moscow is convinced that the decision cannot be revised.