Russia offers to employ Japanese in Siberia: Medvedev
Moscow: President Dmitry Medvedev on Friday
invited Japanese to come to work in Siberia and the Russia's
Far East as its Asian neighbour struggles with the
humanitarian crisis sparked by the earthquake.
Speaking at a meeting dedicated to security issues,
the Kremlin chief reiterated Russia's offer of humanitarian
assistance and said his country was even ready to employ those
Japanese who were willing to relocate for work.
"We have to think about maybe using, if necessary,
part of the labour potential of our neighbours, especially in
the under-populated regions of Siberia and the Far East,"
Russian news agencies quoted Medvedev as saying.
Medvedev's appeal came after a top Russian lawmaker
urged the Russian government earlier this month to open talks
with Tokyo and invite the Japanese to move permanently to
Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the leader of the
ultra-nationalist Liberal Democratic Party and a deputy
speaker of the State Duma, parliament's lower house, said on
Sunday Japan may want to consider re-locating entirely to
"We have plenty of space, where hands and brains,
especially Japanese, can be applied," said Zhirinovsky, who
enjoys Kremlin support despite his often controversial
Russia and Japan share a history of complicated ties
strained by a row over a disputed island chain that has been
unresolved since World War II.
Following the quake and tsunami, Medvedev was quick to
offer Japan any necessary assistance and Prime Minister
Vladimir Putin told his government to supply Japan with more