150th Anniversary logo mark 150th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Japan and Russia

The 150th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Russia:

Diplomatic relations between Japan and Russia were initiated in 1854 with the arrival in the port of Shimoda of Admiral Putyatin of the Russian Imperial Navy on the Diana, which led to the signing of the Treaty of Commerce, Navigation and Delimitation between Japan and Russia in the following year of 1855. The treaty was signed by Admiral Putyatin from the Russian side and Inspector General Masanori Tsutsui and Controller Toshiakira Kawaji from the Japanese side. The treaty was signed based on mutual trust and understanding between the representatives of both countries in spite of such great difficulties as an earthquake and tsunami. Under the treaty Japan and Russia established official relations and confirmed the border that had naturally formed between Etorofu Island and Uruppu Island by that time. By signing the treaty, the Russian Empire confirmed that the Four Northern Islands of Etorofu, Kunashiri, Shikotan and Habomai Islands were a part of Japan. The treaty was concluded after absolutely peaceful and friendly negotiations. In this context, this treaty is the starting point for Japan-Russia exchanges.

In a summit meeting on the occasion of the Sea Island G8 Summit, on June 9, 2004, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation decided that both countries would each host commemorative events in 2005, as it marks a historically important and memorable year for Japan-Russia relations.

Commemorative events are expected to deepen further the mutual understanding and exchanges between the peoples of Japan and Russia, thereby enhancing understanding of the significance of Japan-Russia relations and leading to the creation of Japan-Russia relations that best match the new era of the 21st century.

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