Russia and Japan are discussing a new concept of cooperation in the Far East and the Arctic. The document proposed by the Japanese side has been scrutinized by Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic Alexei Chekunkov and Japan’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Russia Toyohisa Kozuki.

Xi Jinping's administration has accurately designated intentions of China to expand influence in the Arctic and to strengthen sea positions in the Arctic Ocean, having for the first time published the White book on policy in this region.

The Asian states, having used astable relations of Russia with the West countries, stirred up the activity in projects on development of the Arctic territories.

Waterways of the message, which may lie across the Arctic, have a chance to become an important strategic route of national importance in the near future. The Government of Japan and the prospect sees huge potential in a detailed study of the Arctic waters, movement through that already in the next few years may begin first Japanese cargo ships with energy.

Japan intends to have a Pre Next, launch a project aimed at the development of an unmanned underwater vehicle that will provide oceanographic information. The purpose of the project - the study of Arctic waters.

The Arctic region has moved to the center of world politics in 2014, siting high on the energy security agenda of most East Asian countries, including China and Japan. The latter has recently been stepping up its efforts to build a stronger foothold in the area. Those efforts have been given a boost recently by Tokyo’s discovery of a new friend with a prominent role on the Arctic chessboard: Russia. A successful Japan-Russia rapprochement has the potential to serve as a game changer for both countries.