Under Japan’s former prime minister Shinzo Abe, Russian-Japanese relations reached new heights. Yet no fundamental breakthrough in bilateral economic cooperation was achieved. 

  • How is the Japanese approach to economic relations with Russia changing following Abe’s departure? 
  • What were the results of the Eight-Point Cooperation Plan? Is it likely to be extended? 
  • What steps by Moscow and Tokyo could bring about a breakthrough in economic relations? 

These questions and much more were up for discussion at an online event featuring Dmitry Streltsov, head of the department of Oriental Studies at Moscow State Institute of International Relations; and Fushita Hironori, a fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs; and moderated by Alexander Gabuev, chair of the Russia in the Asia-Pacific program at the Carnegie Moscow Center.

The event was held in Russian, with simultaneous interpretation into English.