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Japan condemned the initiative on the tax regime in the Kuril Islands

TOKYO Dec 7 The Russian bill on granting tax incentives to new organizations registered in the southern Kuril Islands runs counter to Tokyo's position on the territorial issue and joint economic activities in the region, said Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi. , including the Northern Territories (as the southern Kuril Islands are called in Japan – ed.), as well as the invitation of Japanese and other foreign companies to participate in this economic development contradicts Japan's position on the Northern Territories, as well as regarding joint economic activities, which was discussed between leaders of the two countries. Japan's position has been repeatedly voiced to the Russian side and is to carry out joint economic activities without prejudice to the political position of both countries. We intend to continue building a constructive dialogue with Russia on this issue, “the minister said p at a press conference. At the end of November, the Russian government submitted to the State Duma a bill on the provision of tax incentives to new organizations registered in the Kuril Islands. The document provides for the provision of tax benefits to organizations registered in the Kuril Islands after January 1, 2022, subject to certain conditions. Within 20 years from the date of registration in the Kuril Islands, such organizations will not be recognized as payers of income and property taxes, land and transport taxes, and they will also be able to apply reduced insurance premium rates in the aggregate amount of 7.6%. These benefits will be provided automatically when compliance with a number of conditions at the same time. In addition, the bill establishes the possibility of applying the customs procedure of a free customs zone on the territory of the Kuril Islands. Relations between Russia and Japan have been overshadowed by the absence of a peace treaty for many years. In 1956, the USSR and Japan signed a Joint Declaration, in which Moscow agreed to consider the possibility of transferring Habomai and Shikotan to Japan after the conclusion of a peace treaty, and the fate of Kunashir and Iturup was not affected. The USSR hoped that the Joint Declaration would put an end to the dispute, while Japan considered the document only part of the solution to the problem, without abandoning claims to all the islands. Subsequent negotiations did not lead to anything, a peace treaty after the end of World War II was never signed. Serious opposition arose from the United States, which threatened that if Japan agreed to the transfer of only two of the four islands to it, this would affect the process of returning Okinawa to Japanese sovereignty (the Agreement on the Return of Okinawa to Japan entered into force in 1972). Moscow's position is that the islands became part of the USSR following World War II and the sovereignty of the Russian Federation over them is beyond question. Trutnev: The Kuril Islands will not lease


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