Japan and Russia have agreed that senior officials will begin new working-level talks on joint economic activities on the four Russian-controlled islands claimed by Japan.
Japan's Senior Deputy Foreign Minister Takeo Mori and his Russian counterpart Igor Morgulov reached the agreement in Moscow on Wednesday.
Mori told reporters that Japan and Russia both highly appreciate last week's trial sightseeing tour of the islands of Etorofu and Kunashiri. A group of Japanese tourists visited the two islands from last Wednesday through Friday.
Mori said the two sides have agreed to start new working-level talks between their bureau chiefs by consolidating three study groups.
He also said the aim is to start comprehensive discussions on the movement of people and legal and other issues toward realizing full-fledged joint economic activities.
Mori added that he and Morgulov also confirmed that the two governments will make preparations for their foreign ministers to hold talks on the sidelines of the G20 foreign ministers' meeting in Nagoya on November 22 and 23.
They also agreed to make schedule adjustments for a planned visit to Russia by Japan's Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi.