"We pay a great attention to development of the international cooperation with Japan and give a high estimation to your interest in our regional development. Representatives from the Asian-Pacific region have shown their increasing interest in cooperation during this year", stated Marina Kovtun. Mr Rokuichiro Michii has told that considers Murmansk to be one of the most important circumpolar cities. “The Murmansk region is the gate to the Arctic. International society, including Japan, is following the development and potential of the northern territories. We plan to discuss the Northern Sea Route – it is the issue of strategic interest of Japanese side, - has told Mr Rokuichiro Michii.