Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 15
By Umid Niayesh - Trend: Iranian Energy Minister, Hamid Chitchian will visit Japan to participate in two energy related seminars which are scheduled to be held next week by the Japanese Ministry for International Trade and Investment (MITI), Mehr news agency reported on Nov. 15.
According to the report, Japanese Ambassador to Iran, Kuji Haneda has invited Chitchian on behalf of the MITI to participate in the seminars.
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida visited Iran on November 9 and held talks with senior Iranian officials during his two-day visit.
This was first visit of a Japanese foreign minister to Iran since January 2004, when Ms. Yoriko Kawaguchi visited Iran for the second time during Mohammad Khatami's presidency. Her predecessor Masahiko Koumura visited Iran in 1998 as well.
Iran and Japan's non-oil exports during the first seven months of the Iranian colander year, which started on March 20, was about $200 million, according to a Iranian Custom Administration's report.
Iran exported $20 million worth of non-oil goods to Japan during mentioned time, indicates 25.78 percent drop compared to same period in last year.
Japan's exports to Iran have decreased from $400 million during first seven months of last solar year to $179 million during the same period of the current year.
The Japan Custom statistics for first half of current fiscal year (April-September) also says that this country's total exports to Iran was $72 million with 72.8 percent drop compared to 1H of last fiscal year, while the imports was $ 3.628 billion, indicates 48.5 percent decrease.