icon bookmark-bicon bookmarkicon cameraicon checkicon chevron downicon chevron lefticon chevron righticon chevron upicon closeicon v-compressicon downloadicon editicon v-expandicon fbicon fileicon filtericon flag ruicon full chevron downicon full chevron lefticon full chevron righticon full chevron upicon gpicon insicon mailicon moveicon-musicicon mutedicon nomutedicon okicon v-pauseicon v-playicon searchicon shareicon sign inicon sign upicon stepbackicon stepforicon swipe downicon tagicon tagsicon tgicon trashicon twicon vkicon yticon wticon fm

Moscow proposes building bridge connecting Russia & Japan

Moscow proposes building bridge connecting Russia & Japan
Russia would like Japan to consider the feasibility of building a road and rail bridge from Hokkaido to the south of Sakhalin island, First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said during a session of the Eastern Economic Forum.

Russia is currently preparing to build a bridge from mainland Russia to Sakhalin, according to the minister.

“In this case, it will give us an additional opportunity to use our railway infrastructure, and Japan will become a continental state," Shuvalov said.


Since August, Russia has allowed Japanese citizens, arriving in Sakhalin on a ferry from Hokkaido, to stay in the country without a visa for 72 hours. Russian officials are hoping for a similar move from Tokyo.

Following the visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin to Japan in December last year, Moscow and Tokyo also agreed to start joint economic activities on the disputed Kuril Islands.

Putin will meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Vladivostok in September to continue the discussions. The countries plan to develop fishing, tourism, healthcare and ecology in the region.

Russia is looking for Japanese investment in its Far East regions, while Japan hopes to recover the territories lost after WWII. However, Russia has repeatedly rebuffed Japanese claims.

The construction of a bridge from Russia to Japan is not the largest transport project being developed in Russia. Russian Railways plans to attract investors and build the Eurasia high-speed line, which will connect the European Union and China. The total cost of the project would be over $135 billion, the Russian share is expected to be 45 percent.

Dear readers and commenters,

We have implemented a new engine for our comment section. We hope the transition goes smoothly for all of you. Unfortunately, the comments made before the change have been lost due to a technical problem. We are working on restoring them, and hoping to see you fill up the comment section with new ones. You should still be able to log in to comment using your social-media profiles, but if you signed up under an RT profile before, you are invited to create a new profile with the new commenting system.

Sorry for the inconvenience, and looking forward to your future comments,

RT Team.