During the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Japan in December 2016 the participants of negotiations agreed to hold the measures to expand the Japanese-Russian humanitarian exchange in 2018 and to set up the year of Japan in Russia and the year of Russia in Japan. Large-scale events that cover various areas of bilateral relations-politics, economy, culture, science, education, youth exchange, sports, exchange of experience between municipalities will be in the framework of the year of Japan in Russia. In may St. Petersburg will host the International Economic Forum, during which it is also planned to sign a number of Japanese-Russian contracts. In may it will be exactly two years since Prime Minister Abe presented President Putin with an eight-point "Cooperation Plan".
In one of his interviews, Minister of economy of Japan Hiroshige Seko told about the development of cooperation between the two countries and the beginning of the implementation of specific projects under the "Cooperation Plan".
Visible results were achieved in the field of medicine. The Japanese side is helping to improve the level of Russian medical technologies, Internet conferences and consultations for Russian patients in the field of pediatric Oncology. In the field of urban environment Japanese companies are introducing high-tech anti-congestion systems, assisting in the development of the tourist infrastructure of Russian cities, jointly creating samples of housing, in which special attention is paid to energy saving due to high tightness and thermal insulation. In the energy sector the first line of the Yamal LNG project, which was built by Japanese companies JGC Corporation and Chiyoda Corporation, was completed and financed by the Japanese Bank for international cooperation (JBIC). Cooperation in the field of energy saving and renewable energy sources is also developing. In the field of industry Japanese experts diagnose the performance of Russian enterprises. As a result many companies are reforming their mentality and improving their production processes in order to increase productivity. Finally in the financial sector a joint investment format JBIC and the Russian direct investment Fund (RDIF) was created in September 2017. Minister Seko noted that their main task is to improve the quality of life of ordinary people in Russia while speaking about the projects that are planned to be implemented in the future.
A large number of events are held in Russia in the framework of the year of Japan. For example the opening ceremony of the Japanese Cabinet, as well as the meeting of universalists with the world-famous Japanese writer Ekuni Kaori took place at the St. Petersburg University. The events were attended by representatives of SPbSU partners: Mitsui&Co, JTI, Panasonic, General consulates and the Embassy of Japan in Russia, Committee for external relations of St. Petersburg.
Events held in the framework of the year of Japan in Russia: http://www.ru.emb-japan.go.jp/japan2018/ru/index.html