Japan will develop relations with Russia in all areas, including in the energy sector, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said, TASS reports.
Kishida also noted that negotiations on the issue of the territorial affiliation of the Kuriles will continue.
In turn, Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi noted that in order to reach an agreement, it is necessary to conduct a dialogue at the level of leaders and foreign ministers. In addition, the minister expressed hope for progress in negotiations on joint economic activities in the southern part of the Kuril Islands.
In December, Japan protested to Russia over the firing practice that took place near the island of Kunashir, stating that this was contrary to the Japanese position.
The dispute over the territorial ownership of the four southern Kuril Islands has not ceased between Moscow and Tokyo since the Second World War. Japan disputes their belonging to the Russian Federation, referring to the bilateral Treatise on Trade and Borders of 1855. In Russia, they believe that the Kuril Islands became part of the USSR after the war and sovereignty over them is beyond doubt.