It is imperative that Japan continues to hold dialogue with Russia, despite European sanctions against Moscow and the Russian embargo on imports of some products, reported Japanese media.
Japan did note, however, that they consider it important to harmonize their policies with the actions of other members of the G7.
Nonetheless, counter-sanctions introduced by Russia with regard to food items from several countries, adversely affect the relations between Moscow and Tokyo.
Also this week the Federation Council banned drift-net fishing for salmon and trout in the exclusive economic zone of Russia.
This ban will come into force if President Vladimir Putin signs it. If this happens, Japanese fishing boats will become unable to operate in waters off the Chishima islands and some other areas.
It has been estimated that if this ban comes into effect, the economic impact on industries in eastern Hokkaido could reach up to ¥25 billion annually. Japanese government sees it completely vital to devise countermeasures to minimize the impact of this blow.