Long-Term Accord to Be Signed on Russian Culture Festival in Japan

© Sputnik / Sergei Subbotin / Go to the photo bankSpeaker of the lower house of Russian parliament, Sergei Naryshkin
Speaker of the lower house of Russian parliament, Sergei Naryshkin - Sputnik International
The Russian and Japanese governments will sign a five-year agreement in May on holding a festival of Russian culture in Japan from 2017 to 2021, the Chairman of the lower house of the Russian Parliament, the State Duma, Sergei Naryshkin said Monday.

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TOKYO, December 8 (Sputnik) — Naryshkin made the announcement in Tokyo where the closing ceremony of the ninth festival of Russian culture is currently underway.

He also said that next year's festival will mark the 160th anniversary of the establishment of the interstate relations between Russia and Japan as well as the 10th anniversary of the festival.

Naryshkin noted that the cultural exchange is an "important element to stabilize interstate relations" as "it knows no boundaries."

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This year's festival in Japan has attracted over 1.5 million people. As many as 50 programs have been carried out, whereas the total number of the events organized have exceeded 2,000.

The festival of Russian culture in Japan has been taking place since 2006. More than 12.5 million people have visited the festival since then. They have included concerts, exhibitions and other cultural events in 27 prefectures and 72 cities in Japan.

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