During his working visit to Japan, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky met with Tadamori Oshima, Chairman of the House of Representatives (lower house of the Japanese Parliament), and Akiko Santo, Chairman of the House of Councillors (Upper House of Parliament). This was reported by the press service of the Office of the President of Ukraine.
The parties reportedly discussed reforms and attracting investment to Ukraine.
Zelensky thanked the leadership of Japanese Parliament for supporting territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine and expressed confidence in the effectiveness of the newly formed parliamentary group of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on inter-parliamentary relations with Japan.
"I believe that the group's activities will bring inter-parliamentary dialogue between our countries to a new level," Zelensky said.
The chairman of the House of Councillors, Akiko Santo, noted that more than 40 Japanese private companies are registered in Ukraine, and Japanese businessmen point out Ukraine's great potential. The President of Ukraine expressed his hope that the number of Japanese companies registered in Ukraine will grow.
Zelensky, in turn, congratulated Akiko Santo on his recent election as chairman of the House of Councillors.
Chairman of the House of Representatives, Tadamori Oshima, emphasised that he knew about Ukraine, in particular, because of Ukrainian athletes’ performances. He hopes to see them at the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan. Volodymyr Zelensky instead called for a visa-free regime for Ukrainians prior to these competitions.