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On November 23–25 Tarō Kōno, Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs, paid an official visit to Moscow to negotiate the development of bilateral relations between Russia and Japan, opportunities for signing a peace treaty, and to discuss the present world situation, including the DPRK nuclear issue.

On November 23–25 Tarō Kōno, Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs, paid an official visit to Moscow to negotiate the development of bilateral relations between Russia and Japan, opportunities for signing a peace treaty, and to discuss the present world situation, including the DPRK nuclear issue.

On November 25, the residence of the Japanese Ambassador to Russia hosted a meeting between Tarō Kōno and a group of Russian figures of culture, science, and art, including Anton Belov, Director, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art; Margarita Karatygina, Head of International Cooperation Department of Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory; Andrey Kortunov, Director General at Russian International Affairs Council; Marina Loshak, Director of The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts; Olga Sviblova, Director at Multimedia Art Museum; Vladimir Urin, General Director of the Bolshoi Theatre; and Valery Shadrin, General Director of Chekhov International Theatre Festival.    

The staff of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Japanese Embassy in Moscow also took part in the meeting. 2018 being declared the Japan-Russia Year of Culture, the program content was discussed in the course of the meeting. The major aim of the Japan-Russia Year of Culture is to further develop and strengthen Russia-Japan relations in different areas. The meeting was moderated by Toehisa Kodzuki, Ambassador of Japan to Russia.

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