"The Lithuanian-Japanese economic relations, perhaps, have not been fully exploited. Unfortunately, these basically good bilateral relations have not produced any significant business partnerships. I am sure that the Visaginas nuclear power plant project will definitely change this situation and will help to significantly improve our bilateral relations. The project is a regional one, and, therefore, it will contribute to the region's economy as well," Kazuko Shiraishi said in Vilnius on Thursday while opening an international conference on preparations for the construction of the facility.
She said that the Japanese business community is closely following the progress of the new nuclear power plant project.
The ambassador also underlined that the Japanese government supports the Visaginas project and that the technology that Japan's Hitachi, the strategic investor in the new plant, offers to supply is safe and advanced.
Together with Latvia, Estonia, and Hitachi, Lithuania expects to build a new nuclear power facility in Visaginas by 2020 to 2022.