The official stressed that this runs counter to "the essence of the discussions on joint Japanese-Russian economic activities, which have been conducted here until now on the basis of agreements at the highest level".
"We consider such statements to be regrettable. On September 3, we made a presentation to the Russian side, noting that this regime runs counter. We also noted that joint economic activities should be carried out without prejudice to our legal position", - said Kato.
Nevertheless, he declared his readiness to continue the dialogue with Moscow on the subject of joint economic activities in the southern part of the Kuriles, if this does not contradict the legal position of Japan.
It's worth reminding that on September 3, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced an unprecedented tax regime, according to which companies in the Kuril Islands - both Russian and foreign - will be exempt from taxes on profits, property and land.