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The Japanese government wants to improve relations with Russia
The Japanese government wants to improve relations with Russia, said Japanese ex prime minister Yoshiro Mori. "Despite the existing problems, the Plan of joint action endorsed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is being implemented," he told journalists after the meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who is in Tokyo with a visit. An important stage of the plan will be an agreement on constructing in Russia a plant of Japan's largest carmaker, Toyota, which is expected to be signed at an economic forum in St. Petersburg in June. Mr. Mori described the Japanese Prime Minister's attendance of the Moscow celebrations of the 60th V-E Day anniversary in Moscow as a "really friendly gesture." At the meeting, Mr. Lavrov expressed the sincere gratitude of the Russian government for the visit, he said. Mr. Mori in his turn thanked the Russian government and Mr. Lavrov personally for Russia's support to Japan's intention to enhance its role in UN activities. He said he supported Russia's stand on the unacceptability of a split between the members of the key international organization when restructuring and modernizing its activities. He also underlined the importance to sign a peace treaty as soon as possible. "Japan understands the importance, which Russia attaches to the 1956 Joint Declaration, but it is not the only document in our relations," he said. The Russian-Japanese Council of Wise Men, which he co-chairs, has been working actively, coming up with new proposals on intensifying bilateral relations that will deepen understanding between the two countries, he added. "Now we want to improve the system of exchange between parliamentary delegations," the ex prime minister said, lamenting that so far 60 Japanese members of parliament had visited Russia, and only ten members of the Russian Federal Assembly had been to Japan.
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