Abe, Putin Agree on Roadmap for Joint Isle Activities

Politics

Vladivostok, Russia, Sept. 10 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed Monday on a roadmap for joint economic activities in five priority areas on and around northwestern Pacific islands at the center of a longstanding bilateral territorial dispute.

At their two-and-a-half-hour meeting in the Russian Far East city of Vladivostok, the two leaders also decided to send a public-private team to the islands in early October to conduct a detailed survey needed for putting the initiative into action.

The dispatch of such a mission was scheduled last month, but was postponed due to bad weather around the islands.

The five priority areas are aquaculture, greenhouse vegetable cultivation, the development of tours utilizing the islands' features, wind power generation and garbage reduction. The roadmap specifically calls for accelerating work to launch sea urchin farming and strawberry cultivation at an early time.

Japan aims to leverage the joint economic activities for making progress in the efforts to resolve the territorial row and negotiations on concluding a bilateral peace treaty.

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