The agreement was reached during President Putin’s visit to Japan.
Russia’s Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky and his Japanese opposite number Hirokazu Matsuno have negotiated holding a year of cultural exchange between the two nations in 2018. According to the Russian Culture Ministry, this agreement was reached during their meeting in the framework of President Putin’s visit to Japan.
The proposal to have such an exchange was made by Medinsky, and it was met with strong support from Matsuno.
Festivals of Russian culture have been held in Japan annually since 2006. In 2015 alone, when the bilateral agreement on future events for 2017-2021 was outlined, the festival was visited by 652 thousand people. The total number of visitors over the past 10 years reached 13.3 mln people. According to Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, over the latest years “the festival has become a traditional event acquainting the Japanese with ballet, music, theatre, circus and other feats of Russia’s outstanding culture”.