Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin and Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe signed a memorandum of understanding and cooperation.
“I remember our meeting in Moscow. We managed to address many issues. Most importantly, we agreed to improve our cooperation and meet in Tokyo. Our cities are not only sister cities but also major economic partners. The past 25 years show that they are bound by many economic, sociopolitical, sport and environmental ties,” Mr Sobyanin said, adding that it was time to sign a new memorandum of cooperation and outline plans for interaction.
According to the Mayor, Moscow and Tokyo face similar challenges and problems: “That’s why we’re signing today a memorandum on urban planning and development, the environment and promoting sport. These are the areas that can be further developed in the near future. The implementation of these plans will be beneficial both for Tokyo and Moscow.”
The Moscow Mayor recalled that Moscow is one of the world’s leaders in the number of sports events it hosts. “The IAAF World Championships was held in Moscow not so long ago. The city will also host the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships in 2016 and the FIFA World Cup in 2018,” he said.
Mr Masuzoe said that in 2020 Tokyo will host the Olympic Games, and that the city is working hard to prepare for the event. “But today we’re going to sign a memorandum of cooperation on urban development, sports and urban waste recycling. The leaders of these three industries are here today for this,” he said.
He also thanked the Moscow Mayor for the warm welcome during his visit to Moscow last year and congratulated him on his five-year anniversary in office.