Russia, Japan focus on trade at intergovernmental forum

The Russia-Japan intergovernmental committee on trade and economic issues held a meeting in Moscow.

Russia and Japan held a meeting of their intergovernmental committee on trade and economic issues in Moscow on September 22.

The meeting was co-chaired by Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, according to the Japan Times.

Shuvalov said Russia places importance on promoting mutually beneficial relations with Japan, while Kishida added that Japanese companies are eager to do business with Russia even under difficult conditions, according to the report. 

Despite imposing sanctions against Russia over the country’s alleged role in supporting rebels in Ukraine, Japan has expressed a desire to increase bilateral trade.

Around 10 Japanese companies took part in the meeting in Moscow, according to the Japan Times. 

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