MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi on Wednesday expressed his support for strengthening cooperation with Russia on Arctic LNG 2, a liquefied natural gas production project.
He added that there were prospects for cooperation in medicine and smart city development as well.
Motegi was appointed to the post in September of this year and has already made the increase in contacts with Russia a notable characteristic of his tenure as Tokyo’s top diplomat. The main points on his agenda concern the promotion of cooperation with Russia in various areas, negotiations with Moscow regarding the territorial dispute around the Southern Kuril Islands and signing a peace treaty.
The project, launched by the Novatek gas company, involves the development of the Utrenneye gas and condensate field, which is located on the Gydan peninsula in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Area. Japanese Mitsui & Co. and Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation have a joint 10-percent stake in the project.