Japanese PM Abe presents woodprint, rugby uniform to Putin after summit in Vladivostok

Japanese PM Abe presents woodprint, rugby uniform to Putin after summit in Vladivostok
# 05 September 2019 19:53 (UTC +04:00)

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has presented Russian President Vladimir Putin with a traditional Japanese woodprint and a rugby uniform following their talks in the Russian Far Eastern city of Vladivostok, the press secretary of the Japanese Foreign Ministry, Takeshi Osuga, said on Thursday, APA reports citing Sputnik .

Putin and Abe held a bilateral summit on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF).

"After the summit, Prime Minister Abe through bureaucrats and protocol handed his gift [to President Putin] ... This is a woodprint, which was made by Japanese painter Bunsho Inoue in 1885. This is a picture of Niigata Port from when they opened up that port to the world. The ship in the middle of the picture is said to be the Russian Navy vessel 'Dzhigit'," Osuga said at a briefing, noting that Niigata was a long-time sister city of Vladivostok.

He added that Abe also presented Putin with a Japanese rugby uniform, which read "Vladimir" on the back.

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