I came to India last November and officially started my duties on December 9th, upon presenting my credentials to His Excellency Shri Pranab Mukherjee, President of India. I feel very pleased and much honoured to serve as the Ambassador of Japan to India as India has increasingly been playing an important role in the international community. I would like to further enhance our bilateral relationship, strengthening our cooperation in such fields as economy, business and security in particular. Furthermore, I would also like to develop our cooperation towards jointly addressing regional and global issues.
Just after my arrival, I had the privilege to receive the Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Shinzo Abe, who visited India for his annual summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. During this visit, both Prime Ministers signed the joint statement entitled “Japan and India Vision 2025: Special Strategic and Global Partnership – Working Together for Peace and Prosperity of the Indo-Pacific Region and the World”. This document marks the beginning of a new era between Japan and India. Both countries have taken big steps for further collaboration in areas such as the introduction of Japan’s High Speed Railways technology to the Mumbai-Ahmedabad route, cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy, transfer of Defence Equipment and Technology, and Security Measures for Protection of Classified Military Information, as well as the Japan-India Make-in-India Special Finance Facility. Both Prime Ministers visited the sacred city of Varanasi and were warmly welcomed by the people there. This was an excellent opportunity to show the intimate, friendly relationship between the two countries.
While Japan and India enjoy a long lasting friendship, we are now forging an ever closer relationship. To strengthen this relationship, it is important to enhance the strategic dialogue between Japan and India. The two countries share the common basic values and interest in ensuring that the Indian and Pacific Oceans remain open, free and safe spaces for navigation.
Cooperation with India in the global context is also important. India has been playing an active role in the UN Security Council reform process. The G4 (Japan, India, Germany and Brazil) held its first summit in September this year, making progress in the UN reform efforts. There is also a large possibility for cooperation in global issues such as climate change and environment. I would like to put forward candid discussions with the Indian counterparts so that the two countries can tackle global issues hand in hand.
People-to-people exchanges between Japan and India have room for further development. In this regard, easing of visa procedures and the initiative to promote the visit by 10,000 young Indian talents to Japan in the next five years would stimulate vigorously the people-to-people exchange. I hope many more young Indian talents will engage in developing the relationship between both countries in coming years.
India is a large repository of world cultural heritage. As the Ambassador of Japan to India, I eagerly look forward to visiting many places as well as to meeting many people so I may better understand India during my tenure here.
I wish a happy new year to you all.
Ambassador of Japan to India