|Japan and Russia - Sustainable Development of Future Oriented Relationship
| Russian-Japanese economic
and political relations are developing swiftly during the last years. Japan
and Russia are important partners in solving international problems today.
Our cooperation is based on such universal values as freedom, democracy,
supremacy of law and respect of basic human rights.
Russia and Japan are the leading countries of Asian-Pacific region. Geopolitical interests of different states have been confronted on this territory repeatedly. It had an influence on Russian-Japanese relations. During more then one hundred and fifty year period of the history of our relations there have been periods of contradictions as well as peaceful times. However, there has always been the atmosphere of respect between our countries. Strategic tasks of Japan and Russia make them exchange energy and financial resources for mutual development. In the beginning of the XXI century we are starting a new way of evolution of our relations.
In the recent years Japan and Russia have focused their attention to the strengthening of stability in Asian-Pacific region. They cooperate in the struggle against international terrorism, non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction; take part in the work of G8 and ASEAN.
Development of our political relations received a fresh impetus in the last decade. There were several bilateral meetings of the leaders of our countries. “Japan-Russia Plan of Action” that was adopted in two thousand and three, became a significant contribution to strengthening of relations between two countries. There interaction strategies were developed in various fields: intensification of political dialogue, cooperation on the international arena, in trade and economic, scientific and technical spheres, developing cultural links and exchange between peoples of our countries.
There is a growth of economic partnership which should raise an effectiveness of production, increase aggregate economic strength, and outline the way of integration between our countries. Economic cooperation will help to strengthen the economic and political position of Japan and Russia, to raise their influence in solving regional and global matters.
More and more Japanese companies work in Russia. One of the recent examples is the beginning of building Toyota and Nissan factories in Russia. Russian companies are interested in Japanese high-technological projects. Possibilities of increase of Russian energy resources supplies to Japan are being discussed.
Our countries should maintain global and regional security for achieving their political, economic and social goals in the XXI century.
For maintaining security in the Asian-Pacific region it is necessary to develop cooperation in ASEAN. For global security the cooperation should be at the level of the UN Security Council. The role of Japan in the international peacemaking operations, non-proliferation of the weapons of mass destruction, settlement of regional conflicts is increasing. Economic growth and becoming the economic leader of Asian region caused the increase of Japanese role in global politics.
Speaking about security it is important to note energy security. The importance of this topic was emphasized on the G8 summit in July this year. Challenges to global energy security were discussed and common goals and approaches aimed at ensuring sufficient, reliable and environmentally responsible supplies of energy at prices reflecting market fundamentals were set out during this meeting. Cooperation in the sphere of energy may cause intensive integration processes like the Coal and Steel Community in the European Union.
In 2003 “Japan-Russia Plan of Action” was adopted; there the importance of development of cultural ties was underlined. According to this plan festivals of culture are held to acquaint Russian and Japanese people with cultural values of each other. Exchanges among young people of our countries are being enlarged. The development of contacts among students, youth organizations and representatives of non-governmental organizations is also promoted. As you can see, this forum is an example of such practice.
In conclusion I would like to say that of course there are a lot of unsolved problems, but every year they are reduced. We should continue solving this problems, it will be our contribution to strengthening relations between our countries.