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Sakhalin region and the Japanese prefecture of Hokkaido will develop a ferry crossing

Representatives of the Hokkaido Assembly visited Sakhalin at the invitation of the Regional Duma. During the visit, the parties agreed that the Sakhalin Region and the Japanese prefecture of Hokkaido will develop the Korsakov-Wakkanai ferry service in order to intensify the tourist flow between the regions. In addition, it is proposed to carry out tourist trips in the format of a visa-free stay within 72 hours.

According to the first deputy governor of the Sakhalin region, Konstantin Stroganov, today the share of tourists from Japan accounts for more than 90% of the total volume of inbound tourism to the Sakhalin region, and 80% of Sakhalin tourists traveling to Japan stop exactly in Hokkaido.

The delegation from the Japanese side was led by the Deputy Chairman of the Hokkaido Assembly of Minayuki Kimura. He noted that according to his own observations, more and more regions of Hokkaido have recently begun actively developing relations with the Sakhalin region.

At the meeting, the parties updated the areas of cooperation. Thus, according to the latest agreements, Sakhalin and Hokkaido intend to deepen in the joint development of agriculture and banking. The question of creating a center for training specialists in the food and fish industries on Sakhalin is being considered. Sakhalin invited the Japanese to participate in the deep processing of hydrocarbons and coal. The first step in this direction will be the creation of an energy bridge from Sakhalin to Hokkaido, which will unite the energy systems of Russia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mongolia and China.

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