Russia pushes for bridge with Japan’s island
8 September, 2017
Russia and Japan are seriously considering the Hokkaido-Sakhalin bridge project, whose costs may be reduced drastically via modern technologies, Russian Interfax reported citing First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov. "We have made our Japanese partners a serious proposal to consider construction of a motor and rail bridge between Hokkaido and southern Sakhalin. We are almost ready to begin doing our part of the job: to extend a rail line to the Pacific coast and to carry out an equally complex project of a passage from the mainland to Sakhalin. It would be another use for our rail infrastructure, and Japan would become a continental nation," Shuvalov has said at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok.
Since August, Russia has allowed Japanese citizens, arriving in Sakhalin on a ferry from Hokkaido, to stay in the country without a visa for 72 hours.
The 10km-long bridge would connect Japanese territory to the Trans-Siberian railway. The bridge from Russia to Japan is not the largest transport project being developed in Russia. Moscow intends to participate with 45% in the construction of the Eurasia high-speed line, a project worth over $135bn.