The head of Yakutia, Aisen Nikolaev, proposed to relax visa regime requirements between Russia and Japan during a meeting of the Council of Governors of the two countries, held in Moscow.

The idea was supported by many participants of the event, including Valentina Matvienko, Chair of the Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly of Russia.

Eight Japanese representatives and 23 Russian representatives, including Aisen Nikolaev, took part in the meeting of the Council of Governors of Russia and Japan. The head of Yakutia proposed to relax a visa regime between Russia and Japan in order to give more opportunities for international cooperation.

In this regard, he stressed that the republic is already actively cooperating with Japanese investors and implements such joint projects as the Sayuri year-round greenhouses, the second phase of which was just launched on May 14. However, easing the visa regime would allow foreign entrepreneurs to more often look closely at the Russian projects.

“Conditions for Korean businessmen who come to Russia are more liberal than those of the Japanese. Although Yakutia cooperates with the Japanese very actively. We have a huge number of contacts, but at the same time, the tough visa regime prevents more active cooperation,” he explained.

“The heads of regions of both parties talked a lot about relaxation of visa restrictions up to the possible elimination of visas.

We are able to contribute to a more widespread adoption of electronic visas so that scientists, artists, young people of both countries could freely visit each other. We are determined to make this format regular," said Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs Konstantin Kosachev.

Aisen Nikolaev also voiced the idea of working with the Japanese side in the direction of environmental safety. In his opinion, this is a topical issue for all regions of the Far East and the Arctic, where the territories will be developed by industrial enterprises.

Both proposals of the head of Yakutia were supported by Valentina Matvienko. She said that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country is negotiating to ease the visa regime in relation not only to businessmen, but to tourists as well.

On the environmental issue, she encouraged the regions to contribute their ideas and added that experimental waste incineration plants are currently being built in Moscow, where 80% of Russian technology will be used.