Japan to Pay No Fishery Fees to Russia Next Year

Politics

Tokyo, Dec. 9 (Jiji Press)--Japan will not pay Russia fees for Japanese fishing boats' operation in the Russian 200-mile zone in 2020, the Fisheries Agency said Monday.

The first-ever no payment of the so-called cooperation fees was agreed on at a six-day meeting in Moscow through Saturday of the Japan-Russia fishery committee, the agency said.

Japan has paid the fees since 1994. Some 700 million yen was paid for the current year. Cooperation fees are not imposed on the Russian side, however.

Japan has called for a sharp cut in its payments to Russia in view of increases in catches by Russian boats within Japan's 200-mile zone.

Meanwhile, the committee set fishing quotas for Japanese and Russian boats in 2020 at 90,000 tons each, up 16 pct from 2019.

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