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    The Department of Foreign Economic and International Relations of Moscow organizes the Days of Moscow Culture in Tokyo (Japan).


    The events will be held as part of the Year of Cross-Cooperation between Russia and Japan. The program of the Days includes negotiations with large foreign investors implementing or planning projects in Moscow, working meetings with experts in the social sphere, round tables on tourism, development of megacities, and cooperation in the development of the Smart City project.


    The cultural program will include photo exhibitions devoted to Moscow, Zaryadye Park and the Moscow Zoo, concerts, lectures (including at Tokyo University of the Arts), a master class by Moscow chefs and Russian food tastings, and film broadcasting.
    Date: October 17, 2018
    Address: 2-1-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi, Mandarin Oriental Tokyo Hotel, Tokyo City



    *Amendments are to be expected


    13:30 – 14:00


    Coffee break, Registration


    14:00 – 15:30

    Opening session

    "Moscow and Tokyo. Common Challenges, Common Solutions”

    Moderator: Mr. Kuzmin Ilya, Deputy Head of Department for External Economic and International Relations of Moscow



    · Representative from the Embassy of Russia to Japan (TBC)

    · Representative from Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TBC)

    · Mr. Cheryomin Sergey, Minister of the Government of Moscow, Head of Department for External Economic and International Relations of Moscow

    · Mr. Shaposhnikov Alexey,Head Chairman of the Moscow City Duma

    · Mr. Philippov Vladimir, Duputy Head of Department of Culture of Moscow

    · Mr. Platonov Vladimir, President of theMoscow Chamber of Commerce and Industry

    · Representative from JETRO

    · Ms. TsoyLudmila, Founder of Moscow Association of Event Tourism


    *other Japanese representatives are to be confirmed shortly.


    Moscow, always being a megacity comparable in size to Tokyo, in the last 5-7 years underwent a major transformation from industrial to modern postindustrial city. The focus of Mayor Sobyanin and his team is on significant improvement of the quality of urban environment to increase the attractiveness of the city to citizens and tourists, creating state-of-the-art transport system, developing smart city solutions, improving the environmental situation. Recently we witness growth in intensity of Japan-Russia relationships on a national level, including investments, transport infrastructure, hi-tech, culture and tourism. How can this cooperation be performed on a city-to-city level? Top representatives of Moscow government and international experts will outline the key results and priorities of development of Moscow and, together with Japanese counterparts, will discuss potential spheres for cooperation.

    What was the philosophy behind Moscow’s transformation? What are the key results? Where does Moscow stand internationally in terms of quality of urban environment, agglomeration policy, transport infrastructure, smart city, tourism attractiveness? What are the key priorities going forward in terms of investments, technology, sustainable development? What are the potential points for cooperation of Moscow and Russia?

    15:30 – 16:00

    Coffee break


    16:00 – 17:30

    Session 1: "Towards Sustainable Megacity. Policies, Infrastructure, Architecture”


    In cooperation with Moscow Urban Forum


    Moderator: Mr.VasilyAuzan, Program Director of Moscow Urban Forum




    · Mr. Vladimir Philippov, Minister of Moscow, Head of Department of Culture

    · Mr. SergueyKuznetsov, Chief architect of Moscow

    · Mr. PyotrKudryavtsev, CEO, Citymakers

    · Representative from Tokyo Metropolitan Government

    · Representative from Department of Architecture at the University of Tokyo

    · Mr. Denis Boykov, CEO of Moscow Urban Forum


    Sustainability is becoming an ever-increasing priority for cities around the world. In the last 5-7 years Moscow implemented a large-scale program for transforming the urban environment. In fact, many of these changes were designed in accordance with the ideology of sustainable development -- take, for example, the creation of new parks and public spaces (while the area of green spaces in Moscow exceeds 50% of the city's territory), arrangement of embankments, pedestrian and bicycle paths, recreation areas, greenery programs. One of the flagship projects was the creation in the very center of Moscow of the newest park Zaryadye, work on which was conducted by an international consortium of architects, urbanists, engineers. Recently, the public space has become a magnet for citizens and tourists from all over the world. The park received the prestigious award of Archdaily portal for the best public space and was included in Time’s magazine list of the world 100 Greatest places.


    What is Moscow's approach to creating and developing public spaces? How do parks and public spaces change the way of life of citizens and the urban environment? What role do parks and public spaces play in Tokyo? What is the program for their development, including in connection with the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020? What are the possible points of interaction between Moscow and Tokyo in this area? How does the development of parks fit into the objectives of sustainable and environmentally friendly cities?


    Session 2: "Moscow 2.0: New Tourist Routes of the Russian Capital”

    In cooperation with Moscow Association of Event Tourism


    Moderator: Ms.LudmilaTsoy, Founder of Moscow Association of Event tourism




    · Mr. AlexeyKulagin, Restaurateur

    "Gastronomic Moscow”

    · Mr. SergeyLavrentyev, President of "CitySightseeing Moscow”

    "Tours in Moscow”

    · Mr. VasilyOvchinnikov, CEO "Mosgortur”

    "Lilac blossom in Moscow: presentation of a new tour designed for Japanese tourists”

    · Ms. AnnaBereza, Executive Director of Moscow Association of Event Tourism

    "Events in Moscow”

    · Representative from Tokyo Metropolitan Government



    Moscow is the largest metropolis in Russia. The famous slogan "Moscow never sleeps" fully reflects the nature of the Russian capital!Over the past 8 years, Moscow has hosted more than 4,500 international events of varying levels and more than a billion guests. Every year the country's largest city is becoming more attractive, comfortable, safe and tasty.

    Today Moscow is about parks, hiking and bicycle paths, festivals all year round, a variety of cafes and restaurants, modern technology and friendly staff, that are ready to find a solution for any tourist request.

    The World Football Championship that was held in 2018 showed Moscow as a hospitable, beautiful and convenient city for living and entertainment. Tourists from Japan really felt the Russian capital, as well as our country, and received the most positive emotions in their memory. The session will feature 2 new tourist itineraries, which are designed specifically for Japanese tourists. Also representatives of tourist circles will present gastronomic, excursion and infrastructural possibilities both for individual tourists and for group ones.

    The session will discuss such issues as tactical and strategic cooperation between Moscow and Tokyo within the framework of the tourist potential of the two capitals, the exchange of experts' experience in improving the tourist environment.

    Session 3: "Approaches to Addressing the Issues of Caring for the Elderly Persons”


    Topics for discussion:

    · increase life expectancy in social and medical spheres;

    · care and leisure for the elderly;

    · accompanied accommodation;

    · formation of a barrier-free environment.




    · Mr. Pavel Keller, Deputy Head of the Department of Labour and Social Protection of the Population of Moscow

    · Ms. GalinaPotapkina, Deputy Head of the Department for the Social Integration of Persons with Disabilities of the Department of Labour and Social Protection of the Population of Moscow

    · Ms. SvetlanaVolovets, Director of the State Institution "Scientific and Practical Center for Medical and Social Rehabilitation of the Disabled Persons named after L.I. Shvetsova”.

    · Mr. MakhachSheikhov, Director of the State Pension Fund "Pension for Veterans of Labor No. 1"

    · Mr. KonstantinPetrov, Head of the International Relations Division of the State Institution "The Institute of Additional Professional Education for Social Workers"

    · Dr. Koji Kurusu, Director-General of the Center for the Care of the Elderly «Azalee Group»

    · Mr. Barry Joshua Grisdale, Founder of «Accessible Japan»


    The formation of a favorable social environment is a high priority for the Government of Moscow. The dynamics of the life of Muscovites can boast of any developed city of the planet: if in 2005 the average life expectancy was 71 years, then in 2018 it was marked at 78 years. According to forecasts of specialists, by 2030 this figure will exceed the mark of 83 years. In this regard, the Department of Labour and Social Protection of Population of Moscow is actively pursuing policies to improve the conditions for the elderly - "thinking about the elderly, we think about the future" is one of the main principles of the activity of the Government’s entities. Worthy and active old age is becoming one of the priority areas of public policy in Russia itself. In recent years, the elderly people's homes have appeared in the Russian capital with the latest infrastructure, innovative training courses for social workers have been formed, social activities for the elderly in cultural institutions and public places in the city have been continuously carried out.

    Hosting the largest sporting event in the world, the 2018 FIFA World Cup, played an important role in the development of a barrier-free environment for citizens with disabilities. For instance, to create a comfortable urban environment for people with disabilities, only 1.2 billion rubles (more than 17.6 million US dollars) were allocated in 2018 alone. Significant funds are invested in changing the infrastructure in residential buildings, urban infrastructure facilities. For the needs of low-mobility citizens, 85 percent of all socially significant facilities have already been adapted. Today, the city buys only low-floor types of ground passenger transport. This makes it available to the less mobile citizens. The number of buses of this type is over 90 percent, trolleybuses - more than 70 percent, trams - 33 percent. The metro has also become more inclusive.

    Moscow experts are coming to Tokyo with the purpose of exchanging experience with their Japanese colleagues on issues related to caring for the elderly and improving the enabling environment for citizens with disabilities. In which aspects can Moscow and Tokyo learn from each other? What are the social challenges between the two largest megacities? All these and other issues will be discussed during this round table.


    17:30 – 18:00

    Coffee break

    18:00 – 19:30

    Concert with a Moscow vocal group "Kvatro”

    19:30 – 22:00

    Official reception on behalf of the Government of Moscow


    Venue: Ball room, Mandarin Oriental Tokyo




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