MOSCOW, May 4 (Xinhua) -- Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will pay a working visit to Japan on May 11-13, the government's press service said on Monday.
During the visit, the prime minister will talk with his Japanese counterpart Taro Aso, meet with prominent Japanese politicians and leading representatives of business circles, and also take part in a prestigious Russian-Japanese business forum, the press service said.
The two premiers will discuss economic problems and other issues of mutual interest, and a number of intergovernmental cooperation agreements are expected to be signed, it said.
Economic and trade contacts between the two countries have been intensified in recent years, however, their territorial dispute over four Pacific islands remains a stumbling block in the development of bilateral relations.
In an attempt to move forward on the row, both sides agreed to introduce a visa-less exchange program for Japanese nationals hoping to travel to the disputed islands.