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State Duma Speaker Meets with Chairman of the Japanese Organizing Committee for the Festivals of Russian Culture

State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin met with the former Prime Minister of Japan, the chairman of the Japanese Organizing Committee for the Festivals of Russian Culture in Japan, Yukio Hatoyama. This is the press service of the State Duma.

“We welcome your regular visits to Russia, knowing you as a good friend and reliable partner,” Naryshkin said. "In recent years, the Japanese and Russians have proved that we are successfully cooperating for the benefit of our countries, even despite the mistakes of politicians," the chairman of the State Duma emphasized, noting that mistakes meant anti-Russian sanctions. " He expressed confidence that the parliamentarians of the two countries will be able to make a great contribution to overcoming difficulties and developing good-neighborly cooperation.

According to Yukio Hatoyama, the Festival of Russian Culture in Japan has a positive impact on relations between the two peoples. During the past year, the Festival was visited by 1 million 300 thousand Japanese, for nine years - 12 million people. Hatoyama invited Naryshkin to attend the anniversary 10 festival next year, saying that such a step would be useful in the light of the sanctions imposed against Russia and would serve to strengthen contacts between the citizens of the two countries.

Having called the Festival of Russian Culture in Japan “key in the field of humanitarian cooperation,” the Speaker of the State Duma accepted an invitation to take part in its opening in May 2015.

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