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Indo-Japan Bilateral Relations? Visit by the HE. Mr.Akitaka Saiki, Ambassador of Japan to India, Tuesday, 31 January 2012

H.E. Ambassador Mr.Akitaka Saiki,Mr. Shinichi IIDA, Consul, Consulate-General of Japan, Mr. Tsukada TAMAKI, Minister-Economic and Development and Mr. Yasujiro MIYAKE, First Secretary,Embassy of Japan visited the GNLU today and delivered a lecture on the Indo-Japan Bilateral Relations to the GNLU community, under the auspices of the GNLU Centre on Foreign Policy and Security Studies (GCFPSS).

Mr. Saikistated that the bilateral relations have a history dating to the Post Wold War II period when Indian offered help for the reconstruction of Japan. Even after the Tsunami disaster India was quick to respond to Japan’s need in term of humanitarian aid.  Japan and India have had cordial relations since long. Although both are contenders for the Security Council they are cooperating and coordinating efforts to secure a position in the UN.

Japan has been contributing much in term of investment in infrastructure. It has provided technology to the Delhi Metro project and also looks forward to share its modern technology with India to help India built its infrastructure and connecting major cities of the countries. The rationale for investment is that it leads to the creation of job for citizens of both the countries. In terms of the total trade India’s trade with Japan is less than one percent. However, in the last few years there is has been an upward trend, particularly in the last three years investment has increased four times especially in the area of pharmaceutical where investment is about 15,000 Cr.

India is Japan’s number one recipient of aid to the tune of 130 trillion year and Japan will live to its commitment in the years to come. The ambassador also emphasised on the area of convergence where India and Japan share common goals like ensuring law and order in the seas, climate change, and sharing of modern technology.

Professor (Dr.) Bimal Patel, Director GNLU, welcomed the visiting delegation and appraised about GNLU’s holistic approach to legal education covering teaching, research, extension and training. The Ambassador and Director Patel discussed exchange of students and faculty members, setting up of joint study group. Dr. Patel has also invited and encouraged high level participation of Japanese delegation of various sectors which have direct or indirect stake in India and Gujarat in particular. He also mentioned that the determined efforts by India and Japan to inject life into their bilateral relationship are showing positive results. To move forward with the celebration year of 60th anniversary of Indo-Japan relations, Dr. Patel had suggested some of the vital proposals;

  • Establishment of educational excellence
  • A joint Indo-Japanese Relations Chair under the auspices of the relevant authorities of India and Japan would enable the scholars, students and all well-wishers of our bilateral relations to study our economic, cultural, educational, political, strategic relations and make informed propositions to the policy-makers to further strengthen Indo-Japan ties
  • The vice-chancellors’ or Head of Higher Education institutes of India and Japan during this 60th anniversary celebration year
  • Collaborative research in area of law and research on interdisciplinary in nature

The lecture was also followed by the Q&A session by student members and ended by the vote of thanks from the senior student member.

Last Updated : 01-08-2014