The document was signed by St. Petersburg Governor Alexander Beglov and Osaka Mayor Ichiro Matsui.
On Thursday, a Japanese delegation visited St. Petersburg. As part of the visit, Alexander Beglov, Governor of St. Petersburg, met his Japanese counterpart, Mayor of Osaka Ichiro Matsui, who is member of the delegation.
The parties signed a road map for cooperation until 2024. Alexander Beglov noted that Japan is one of the major partners of St. Petersburg. 70 Japanese companies are present in St. Petersburg, including car manufacturers and clothes retailers.
Alexander Beglov reminded that this year marks the 40th anniversary of this cooperation. Prior to the anniversary, Days of St. Petersburg were held in Osaka. Then, St. Petersburg government suggested holding reciprocal Days of Osaka in St. Petersburg.
According to Alexander Beglov, St. Petersburg administration is interested to know about equipment used in Japan for waste processing. ‘I hope that the seminar on converting waste into energy that will be part of the program of the Osaka Days will help our specialists to establish new contacts’, he said.
Alexander Beglov also expressed interest in the Japanese experience in solving transport problems, organizing road traffic and implementing Smart City systems.
Besides, Japanese specialists could share their experience in monitoring historically important buildings and take part in establishing a Centre for oriental martial arts in St. Petersburg.