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Arctic emerges as collaboration hot spot for Japan and Russia

Joint projects bloom as China and other nations eye fast-changing region

TOKYO -- The Japanese government is accelerating efforts to collaborate with Russia on developing the Arctic region, with hopes that joint projects in shipping and natural gas exploration will push forward talks for a bilateral peace treaty.

In the latest development, Japanese and Russian officials met on Dec. 18 accompanied by members from the private sector to discuss economic cooperation. The two sides signed off on having Japanese trading company Sojitz and airport operator Japan Airport Terminal participate in the construction and operation of a passenger terminal at Khabarovsk International Airport in Russia's Far East.

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