The relations between Russia and Japan are characterized by a mutual interest in bilateral and international cooperation. Though Japan is mostly interested in Russia as an energy supply source , this partnership extends other areas as well. Among them one can name trade, information technology; transportation; space exploration, research and environmental protection. Economic cooperation is one of the key areas of Russian-Japan collaboration. In 2012 the trade volume reached 33.5 billion U.S. dollars. In the external trade turnover of Russia Japan’s share accounts for 3.6%, Russia’s share in that of Japan is about 2%. Main Russian exports to Japan are crude oil and oil products; black coal; unprocessed palladium, aluminum and platinum; and ferrous alloy. Principal imports from Japan are construction equipment; automobiles; printing, radio and television equipment; and lift-and-carry machinery. Japanese and Russian scientists are working together on such international projects as the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor; the International Space Station; and the Large Hadron Collider. Japan and Russia are engaged in cultural exchange programs with one another; they include annual culture and film festivals, art exhibitions. There continues to develop vigorously educational exchange between Russia and Japan; and ties between members of the public are deepening as well. The image of Japan for Russian youth is becoming more personalized . Speaking at the Sino-Russian forum in April 2013, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe outlined three new areas in which Tokyo would be willing to share their experiences with Russia: improving urban infrastructure, medicine, foodstuffs. Towns in Russia are rapidly growing. It is necessary to ensure quality housing for people to solve problems with transport and waste. He also noted that Japan is ready to advance a low-calorie seafood on the Russian market. He added, he wished Russia could use Japanese technology in the field of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases such as cancer. Prime Minister of Japan attaches great importance to Russia-Japanese relations. Under conditions of serious changes in the strategic environment in the Asia-Pacific region, trust relationship and mutually beneficial cooperation between our countries are becoming increasingly important.