Russia’s Tomsk Region and Japan’s Tokyo Prefecture agreed to increase cooperation in four areas. Tomsk Governor Sergei Zhvachkin and his Tokyo counterpart Yoichi Masuzoe signed a memorandum of understanding and cooperation to that effect in the Japanese capital.
“I am convinced that this, although the first, will definitely not be the last official document in our bilateral relations,” Zhvachkin said before signing the agreement.
“We would like our meeting today to become yet another step towards the development of friendship and cooperation between our regions,” Masuzoe said. “The interaction of our regions will certainly make a contribution to the development of bilateral relations between our countries.”
Cooperation between Tomsk and Tokyo will take place in four areas: partnerships between universities, the fight against infectious diseases, development of tourism and the recycling of consumer waste.
Zhvachkin said that he had been to the recycling plant in Tokyo on the eve of the meeting. “I had visited many similar structures in Europe, but I must say that the one in Tokyo is the best I’ve seen.”
The Tomsk delegation headed by the governor is in Japan on an official visit. It participated in the presentation of eight Russian regions to Japanese businesses.
The Japanese Parliament organized a roundtable, where representatives from the regions of Tomsk, Kaluga, Tula, Samara, Ulyanovsk and Nizhny Novgorod, as well as the Khabarovsk Territory and the Chuvash Republic made presentations on their investment potential.
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