. Trade between Uzbekistan and Japan has already passed the $ 100 million mark this year for the first time, and Japanese investment in the country has reached $ 350 million, Uzbek president Islam Karimov noted in discussions with Japanese businessmen in Tashkent. A delegation of ninety businessmen and officials is attending a meeting of the Japanese-Uzbek Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation. The chairman of the Japanese side, who represents the Mitsui concern, was cited as saying that the impact of reforms is evident in the country and that this fact, together with political stability, create a favorable climate for the expansion of Japanese economic activities in Uzbekistan. (18) Japan’s trade with and investment in Central Asia are growing rapidly. High-powered Japanese economic delegations have visited these countries in recent months. One result of these visits has been a substantial increase in Japanese lending for both development and commercial purposes.
1. (Itar-Tass and Interfax, September 12).
2. (Itar-Tass, September 12; Kommersant-Daily, September 11 and 12; Delovoi mir, September 12.)
3. (Russia’s Radio, Itar-Tass, and Interfax, September 12.)
4. (Russia’s Radio, Russian public television, Interfax, September 12.)
5. (Radio Mayak, Russia’s Radio, September 11.)
6. (Interfax, September 12).
7. (Itar-Tass, Interfax, and Twenty-Four, September 12.)
8. (Russian TV, Interfax, Russia’s Radio, September 11 and 12.)
9. (Interfax, Russian TV, September 12.)
10. (Russian TV, September 11.)
11. (Itar-Tass, September 12).
12. (Interfax-Ukraine, September 12).
13. (Interfax-Ukraine, September 11 and 12).
14. (Basapress and Flux, September 11 and 12).
15. (Interfax, September 11 and 12).
16. (Russian TV and agencies, September 11 and 12.)
17. , (Interfax, September 11).
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