Japan PM postpones Russia trip due to Putin's health problems-media

TOKYO Fri Nov 30, 2012 1:35pm IST

Related Topics

TOKYO Nov 30 (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has postponed a visit to Russia planned for next month citing President Vladimir Putin's health problems, Japanese media reported on Friday.

Kyodo and Jiji news agencies reported that Noda talked about the delay while meeting municipal officials during his trip to the northern island of Hokkaido.

"It's about (President Putin's) health problem. This is not something that can easily be made public," Jiji cited one of the officials as saying, quoting Noda.

The question of Putin's condition has been a subject of media speculation since he was seen limping at an Asia-Pacific summit in the Russian port of Vladivostok in September.

Three Russian government sources told Reuters late in October that Putin, who began a six-year term in May and turned 60 last month, was suffering from back trouble, but the Kremlin has dismissed talk that he had a serious back problem.

Putin's health troubles stem from a recent bout of judo, according to Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko.

"He loves judo. He lifted a guy, threw him, and twisted his spine," Lukashenko told Reuters this week.

Several foreign trips which had been expected in November but were never officially announced by the Kremlin have not taken place. Putin is expected to make trips to Turkey and Turkmenistan next week.

Likely to have been on the agenda in talks between Russian and Japanese officials are energy cooperation and a decades-old dispute over islands north of Hokkaido, known as Kurile in Russia and referred to as the Northern Territories in Japan.

(Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Writing by Tomasz Janowski; Editing by Nick Macfie)

FILED UNDER:

REUTERS EXCLUSIVE

Reuters Showcase

Inflation Targeting

Inflation Targeting

India sets inflation target in monetary policy overhaul.  Full Article 

Rich List

Rich List

Bill Gates tops Forbes rich list, Michael Jordan joins.  Full Article 

Tough Task

Tough Task

India needs sustained GDP growth of 9-10 percent - Jaitley.  Full Article 

Budget 2015

Budget 2015

Budget announcements and reactions from the industry  Full Coverage 

PMI Data

PMI Data

Factory activity growth slows to five-month low in Feb  Full Article 

Coal Auction

Coal Auction

India examines coal mine bids amid reports of discrepancies  Full Article 

Ola Buys Rival

Ola Buys Rival

Ola buys rival TaxiForSure for $200 million  Full Article 

Environment Watch

Environment Watch

Deforestation could shift monsoons, leaving India high and dry.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device  Full Coverage