Stay on the path toward peace treaty

December 22 , 2018

Yamaguchi met with First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Aleksandr Zhukov in Tokyo on Dec. 20Yamaguchi met with First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Aleksandr Zhukov (right) in Tokyo on Dec. 20

On December 21, Komeito Chief Representative Natsuo Yamaguchi met with Aleksandr Zhukov, First Deputy Chairman of Russia’s State Duma, at the party headquarters in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. They exchanged ideas and insights for the further development and strengthening of diplomatic relations between Japan and Russia.

In the meeting, Yamaguchi, noting that bilateral ties were going well, called for the two governments to seize the opportunity to conclude a peace treaty formally renouncing the state of war between the countries that has carried on since the end of World War II. He also urged that Japan and Russia do so not only by relying on executive and diplomatic channels, but also through legislative efforts as well, expressing his desire to step up exchanges between parliamentarians.

First Deputy Chairman Zhukov concurred with Yamaguchi on the need to sign a peace treaty and stated his hope to strengthen bilateral ties across a wide range of realms, from the economy to culture and the arts.

Financial Market Committee member Evgeny Shulepov of the State Duma and Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Japan His Excellency Mikhail Galuzin, together with Komeito Women’s Committee Deputy Chair and House of Representative member Michiyo Takagi and Women’s Bureau Director and House of Councilors member Toshiko Takeya, also attending the meeting.