The message of congratulations reads, in part:
“I would like to confirm our interest in developing the friendly Russian-Japanese relations, mutually beneficial cooperation in various areas. This corresponds to the fundamental interests of our peoples and is in line with ensuring peace, security and stability in the Asia-Pacific Region.
I want to use this opportunity to congratulate you on the upcoming New Year. I wish you good health, happiness and all the very best, and prosperity and well-being to all Japanese people.”