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Japan: Putin and Abe set to relax at Nagato’s hot springs03:35

Japan: Putin and Abe set to relax at Nagato’s hot springs

Japan, Nagato
December 15, 2016 at 12:13 GMT +00:00 · Published

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe welcomed Russian President Vladimir Putin to his hometown Nagato in Yamaguchi Prefecture on Thursday, to discuss the disputed Southern Kuril Islands as well as to reach agreements on economic cooperation.

"I want you to enjoy the wonderful nature in Japan as well as the great Japanese cuisine. And in the evening you can also enjoy a hot spring. Indeed, when you bathe in hot springs the tiredness goes away. So after such a meeting between leaders, I promise you can relax in onsen," Abe said in welcoming Putin. Russian president thanked for such an opportunity by saying that "it is better not to get very tired."

Speaking on a positive shift in Russian-Japanese relations, Putin expressed hope that upcoming meetings with Japanese delegation "will significantly contribute to the development of Russian-Japanese ties."

Putin is on official two-day visit to Japan; both leaders are expected to meet again in Tokyo on Friday. Economic cooperation in fields including technology and energy, as well as the disputed Southern Kuril Islands are on the agenda of Putin's visit. While Moscow insists on following the Soviet-Japanese Joint Declaration of 1956 that legislated for the handing over the Habomai and Shikotan Islands to Japan, Tokyo asks for two additional islands to be handed over, Iturup and Kunashir.

Japan: Putin and Abe set to relax at Nagato’s hot springs03:35
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe welcomed Russian President Vladimir Putin to his hometown Nagato in Yamaguchi Prefecture on Thursday, to discuss the disputed Southern Kuril Islands as well as to reach agreements on economic cooperation.

"I want you to enjoy the wonderful nature in Japan as well as the great Japanese cuisine. And in the evening you can also enjoy a hot spring. Indeed, when you bathe in hot springs the tiredness goes away. So after such a meeting between leaders, I promise you can relax in onsen," Abe said in welcoming Putin. Russian president thanked for such an opportunity by saying that "it is better not to get very tired."

Speaking on a positive shift in Russian-Japanese relations, Putin expressed hope that upcoming meetings with Japanese delegation "will significantly contribute to the development of Russian-Japanese ties."

Putin is on official two-day visit to Japan; both leaders are expected to meet again in Tokyo on Friday. Economic cooperation in fields including technology and energy, as well as the disputed Southern Kuril Islands are on the agenda of Putin's visit. While Moscow insists on following the Soviet-Japanese Joint Declaration of 1956 that legislated for the handing over the Habomai and Shikotan Islands to Japan, Tokyo asks for two additional islands to be handed over, Iturup and Kunashir.