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    JAPAN HOPES THAT CONTINUITY WILL BE PRESERVED AT NEGOTIATIONS WITH RUSSIA ON PEACE TREATY

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    TOKYO, MARCH 16, 2004. (RIA NOVOSTI). After Vladimir Putin was re-elected to the second presidential term, Japan hopes that continuity will be preserved at the negotiations on concluding the peace treaty between the two countries, Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan Yasuo Fukuda said at a press conference.

    According to him, Tokyo "welcomes the convincing victory of Vladimir Putin which allows to hope on the preservation of continuity at the negotiations on concluding a peace treaty between the two countries." Fukuda also expressed confidence that further progress will be achieved in the implementation of the joint action plan, adopted during Japan's prime minister Junichiro Koizumi's visit to Russia.

    In his turn, the Japanese prime minister told journalists that "the re-election of Vladimir Putin shows that the majority of electors hope on his strong leading role. He also expressed conviction that the Russo-Japanese relations would develop towards the solution of the peace treaty problem.

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