The head of Yakutia, Aisen Nikolaev, took part in a plenary meeting of the Council of Governors of Russia and Japan, the press service of the head and government of the republic reported.

The head of Yakutia, Aisen Nikolaev, took part in a plenary meeting of Russia-Japan Council of Governors, the press service of the head and government of the republic reports.

Eight Japanese governors attended the meeting, including the governor of Saitama Prefecture, the president of the National Governors' Association of Japan, Kiyoshi Ueda and governors of 30 entities of Russia that included in the Council.

The plenary session was opened by the Chair of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation, Valentina Matvienko. She noted that today almost all entities of the Russian Federation have established strong ties with Japanese partners. “Each Russian region has unique competitive advantages that can be used in international cooperation, and the launch of large-scale national projects this year will provide additional opportunities for developing cooperation with foreign partners,” she said.

The President of the National Governors' Association of Japan, the governor of Saitama Prefecture, Kiyoshi Ueda also made a greeting speech. He expressed the hope that an unbiased exchange of views will take place between the governors, which will benefit the citizens of Russia and Japan.

At the session of “Assistance of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation and the prefectures of Japan to the development of innovative technologies,” Aisen Nikolaev acquainted participants with the implementation of joint projects in various sectors of the economy, thanks to which Japanese technologies are successfully implemented in the extreme climate of Yakutia. The head of Yakutia noted the contribution of Japanese companies to the development of the Arctic zone of Yakutia, where one of the key issues is sustainable energy supply. He said that in November last year in the village of Tiksi on the shores of the Arctic Ocean a wind park was launched. The innovative project was implemented by RusHydro together with Japanese partners, KOMAIHALTEC Inc. and Mitsui companies, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). According to Aisen Nikolaev, the project is promising for the entire Arctic.

Following the talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the list of key Russian-Japanese projects included the construction of a year-round Sayuri greenhouse complex for growing vegetables and greens using Japanese technology in the suburbs of Yakutsk. Aisen Nikolaev noted that thanks to the cooperation with the Hokkaido Corporation, the first crop of tomatoes in the greenhouse was harvested in December 2016. Today, the second phase of the year-round greenhouse complex, built with the support of the Development Fund for the Far East and the Baikal Region, will open in Yakutsk. The third phase of the greenhouse will be built until 2020.

Aisen Nikolaev also said that the Japanese Investor Days begin today in Yakutsk, aimed at developing cooperation plans agreed in December last year in Tokyo at 3rd joint investment seminar. “Japan serves as a successful example for the whole world of a country that is a technological leader with the highest life expectancy and the strictest environmental standards. Yakutia also determined the development of human capital, the preservation of pure nature, the introduction of high technologies in all spheres of life, as a priority of its strategy until 2032. I am sure that joint activities within the framework of the Governors’ Council of Russia and Japan will give a new impetus to the cooperation of the regions of our countries,” noted the head of Yakutia.