On February 14, 2012 Ambassador of Ukraine in Japan Mykola Kulinich met the newly elected executives of the reorganized on the multi-parties basis Ukraine-Japan Parliament Friendship Association.
The meeting was attended by the Association President Eisuke Mori, who previously served as a Secretary General of the Association from the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDPJ), General Secretary Yoichi Miyazawa, the previous Chief of Association Secretariat from the LDPJ and the newly appointed Chief of Secretariat Yorihisa Matsuno, the member of Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ). The former President of the Association Hakuo Yanagisawa and the member of the Chamber of Councilors of the Parliament of Japan, the Parliament Vice-Minister of Finance Yukihisa Fujita took part at the meeting as well.
At the meeting the attendants discussed further Ukraine-Japan cooperation in general and in the field of overcoming the consequences of the nuclear catastrophe at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant in particular. Japanese side emphasized the importance of adopting Ukrainian experience in overcoming the consequences of Chernobyl catastrophe and its practical usage in Japan. In this regard it was stated that the signing of the Agreement between the Government of Japan and the Government of Ukraine concerning Cooperation to Advance Aftermath Response Activities for Accidents at Nuclear Power Stations, which is scheduled for April this year gains even greater meaning and importance.
While discussing the future visit of the Speaker of Ukrainian Parliament to Japan, the members of the Parliament highly praised Volodymyr Lytvyn’s intent to express solidarity with Japanese people and to take part at the memorial service for the March 11 victims which will be held at the most devastated Miyagi prefecture. The visit to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant by Ukrainian Speaker was said to be of a great importance and significance as well.