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Delegation of the Japanese prefecture of Hokkaido arrived in the Sakhalin region
Issues of long-term economic cooperation and possible areas of cooperation were discussed today in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk at a meeting of the heads of two neighboring regions - the governor of the Sakhalin region Oleg Kozhemyako and the governor of the Japanese prefecture of Hokkaido, Harumi Takahashi
Ms. Harumi Takahashi flew to Sakhalin at the head of an economic mission. It includes representatives of the Hokkaido prefecture authorities, businessmen.
Oleg Kozhemyako greeted the members of the Japanese delegation on the land of Sakhalin. He expressed hope that today's visit will mark the beginning of a new, even more fruitful stage in relations between neighboring regions of Russia and Japan. The trade turnover between the Sakhalin Region and the Land of the Rising Sun reaches 4 billion US dollars. It can increase even more by using the capabilities of the Russian region for the extraction and processing of aquatic biological resources, the press service of the Governor and the Government of the Sakhalin Region reports.
“We have a great desire to establish cooperation with Hokkaido businessmen in several directions,” said Oleg Kozhemyako. - This is fish farming, the development of mariculture, as well as the organization of an exchange for the sale of aquatic biological resources.
He noted that the implementation of a project for electronic trading in aquatic biological resources has begun in the Sakhalin Region. And in this matter, the experience of businessmen in Japan, where the system of exchange trading in fish and other seafood has long been debugged, would be very useful.
Another area of cooperation is agriculture. In this area, Sakhalin producers are interested in crops capable of producing high yields in an island climate. There are great prospects for cooperation in the field of road construction and the creation of tourism infrastructure.
Oleg Kozhemyako also proposed to study the issue of creating a visa-free regime for residents of the Sakhalin Region and Hokkaido. This would be beneficial for the economies of both regions, he said, as it would increase the flow of tourists. The Sakhalin-Hokkaido energy bridge project can also be discussed.
In her response, Governor Harumi Takahashi confirmed her desire to open a new page in relations between Hokkaido and the Sakhalin Oblast. Hokkaido, she said, produces a quarter of Japan's seafood. Therefore, the interest in cooperation with the Sakhalin Oblast in this area is very high.
“Recently, the Russian parliament adopted a law banning drifter fishing,” said the head of the Hokkaido prefecture. - Our fishermen, who fish for salmon in Russian waters, were very upset. But they still want to continue fishing using other fishing methods.
The Japanese side, according to Harumi Takahashi, is ready for cooperation in the field of fish farming, organization of a fish exchange. Also, guests are interested in the rich opportunities of the Sakhalin region for the extraction of seaweed, which is the most important ingredient in Japanese cuisine. According to the Governor of Hokkaido, agriculture is a promising area of cooperation. The project to create an energy bridge is also relevant, since Japan, after the accident at the nuclear power plant in Fukushima, is still experiencing a capacity shortage.