On June 12, Aisen Nikolaev and Vice-Governor of Hokkaido Yasuhiro Tsuji held a meeting, during which issues of cooperation between Yakutia and the Hokkaido Governorate of Japan were discussed. This was reported by the press service of the head and government of the republic.
The event was attended by a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Hokkaido Uyesugi Makoto, Director of the Representative Office of the Hokkaido Governorate in Sakhalin Sato Tomoyuki, the manager of the international department of the Bank of Hokkaido, Alexander Kramskoy. Yakutia was represented by the head of the Department for External Relations of Yakutia Vladimir Vasiliev, the representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry in Yakutsk Nikolai Dyakonov, and the deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic for the Far East in Vladivostok Kim Borisov.
Interim Head of Yakutia Aisen Nikolaev expressed gratitude for the visit of the Japanese delegation, which is taking place within the framework of the Cross Year of Russia in Japan and Japan in Russia, which was launched by the leaders of the two countries - Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Vice Governor of Hokkaido Yasuhiro Tsuji noted that the visit is a response after visiting the Governorate of Hokkaido by the chairman of the government of Yakutia Evgeny Chekin in September last year. Yasuhiro Tsuji also expressed his gratitude to the senator from Yakutia Aleksandr Akimov and other representatives of the republic for visiting the Hokkaido Governorate in January this year.
Revitalization in relations at the interstate level has undoubtedly affected the state of cooperation with Russian regions prefectures of Japan. "The Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) as a constituent entity of the Russian Federation, which is part of the Far Eastern Federal District, is extremely interested in expanding cooperation with Japanese partners," said Aisen Nikolaev. In this regard, the sides discussed the expanding ties in the sphere of humanitarian cooperation between the two countries, interaction in the sphere of education, science, culture and sport. Particular attention during the conversation was given to the expansion of business cooperation.
Aisen Nikolaev recalled that at the end of 2016 a year-round hothouse complex was opened in Yakutsk. Thanks to an agreement signed in September 2017 on the margins of the Eastern Economic Forum and cooperation with the Japanese company Hokkaido Corporation, in late May an incinerator plant was launched in Yakutsk to dispose of medical waste.
The parties also discussed projects that will be implemented in the future. It is planned to build a year-round hothouse complex in the Khangalassky ulus with the participation of the Japanese company. It is planned to expand cooperation between the regional Yakutsk AlmazErgienBank and Hokkaido Bank Ltd. to attract investments for existing and planned projects.
In addition, plans are considered for the third joint meeting of the Advisory Council for the Promotion of Russian-Japanese inter-parliamentary and inter-regional cooperation and the Japanese-Russian Discussion Club of House of Councilors of the Japanese Parliament on 23-25 June in Yakutia. Within the framework of this event, an agreement on scientific support of waste processing projects between Hokkaido Corporation and a regional operator for working with solid domestic waste will be signed.
Aisen Nikolaev recalled the words of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, delivered by him during the plenary session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, that now Japan and Russia are at a turning point in history and called for work for future generations of our countries, deepen relations and cooperation. In the opinion of the Head of the republic, thanks to the cooperation of the leaders of the two countries, cooperation between the regions will gain new momentum.
"I am confident that the links between Yakutia and Hokkaido are an important part of this cooperation, and we, on our part, are ready to develop it further and are ready for new joint projects," Aisen Nikolaev emphasized. In his turn, Yasuhiro Tsuji noted that the diversified ties between the two regions will develop and will promote mutual understanding between the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) and the Hokkaido Governorate.