NIRA Research Report No. 0503
Fourth Japan-Russia Forum Report:
Prospects for Japanese-Russian Cooperation in the Globalizing Asia-Pacific Region
The Japanese-Russian Forum came about as a result of an agreement between President Vladimir Putin and then Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, in September 2000, that there should be increased efforts to explain the importance of concluding a peace treaty to the citizens of both nations. And then, the following year in January, at the Foreign Ministers' meeting, the decision was made to hold the Forum as a concrete step of the above agreement. The Forum's importance was reaffirmed in the "Japan-Russia Action Plan" adopted by Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and President Putin, and at the Foreign Ministers' meeting in 2004.
The Forth Japan-Russia Forum was held on October 20-21 in 2004 at Kanazawa City in Japan co-sponsored by Center for Strategie Research (Moscow). At the fourth Forum, the main discussion topics were "Japan-Russia Relations that contribute to Peace and Stability in Northeast Asia -From the Historical Perspective" and "Exchange between Japan and Siberia/ and the Russian Far East-From Irkutsk to Ishikawa."
This year's Forum featured some extremely significant and lively debate on the two main themes, and provided an opportunity to emphasize the importance of concluding a peace treaty in order to resolve the territorial problem.
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