"The culture ministers of Russia and Japan will declare 2018 the year of cultural exchanges between the countries… Medinsky… and Matsuno discussed the issues of holding the Russia-Japan cultural exchanges in 2018," the ministry said in statement, adding that the Russian minister has made such a proposal.
The respective agreement was reached within Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Japan on December 15-16.
Russian culture festivals are being held in Japan annually since 2006 and over 13.3 million people have attended these events over the last ten years, the ministry added.
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