Ambassador's Message

Ambassador Yagi

Visit to Japan of H.E. Mr. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India
(August 30 - September 3, 2014)

I am delighted to share with you my thoughts on the successful visit of H.E. Mr. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, to Japan.

H.E. Mr. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, paid an Official Visit to Japan from 30 August to 3 September, 2014. This was Prime Minister Modi’s first bilateral visit outside India’s immediate neighborhood.

On August 30, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe welcomed Prime Minister Modi at the Kyoto State Guest House, where Prime Minister Abe hosted an informal dinner banquet. The following day, August 31, both leaders visited Toji Temple.

On 1 September, Prime Minister Abe and Prime Minister Modi held talks at the State Guest House in Tokyo and signed the Tokyo Declaration for Japan-India Special Strategic and Global Partnership, followed by a joint press announcement. Prime Minister Abe hosted an official banquet, inviting Prime Minister Modi and other relevant guests.

Prime Minister Modi had an audience with His Majesty the Emperor of Japan on 2 September.

At the Japan-India summit meeting, the two Prime Ministers noted that the two countries are Asia's two largest and oldest democracies, with ancient cultural links and enduring goodwill between their people. The two leaders discussed a wide range of issues including political, defense and security partnership, global partnership for peace and security in the region and the world, partnership for prosperity, exploring science, inspiring innovation, developing technology and connecting people. The two Prime Ministers welcomed the progress of individual cooperation programs and projects enumerated in the Factsheet.

The following are some of the highlights from the 1 September Japan-India summit meeting in Tokyo. The full text of the “Tokyo Declaration for Japan-India Special Strategic and Global Partnership” and the Factsheet can be found at: (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan).

First, on the political and security front, the two Prime Ministers decided to continue the practice of annual summits and welcomed that the next rounds of Foreign Ministers Strategic Dialogue and Defence Ministers dialogue would be held in 2014. They also welcomed the signing of the Memorandum of Cooperation and Exchanges in the Field of Defence. The officials on both sides were directed to launch working level consultations "with a view to promoting defence equipment and technology cooperation."

Second, in the area of economic relations, the two Prime Ministers decided "to set a target of doubling Japan's foreign direct investment and the number of Japanese companies in India within five years as an objective to be jointly achieved." Prime Minister Abe expressed his intention "to realize 3.5 trillion yen (approx. 35 billion US dollars) of public and private investment and financing from Japan, including Overseas Development Assistance (ODA), to India in five years." Prime Minister Modi underlined "his determination to further improve the business environment in India including through tax, administrative and financial regulations in order to boost investment."

Third, with regard to people-to-people interactions, education, science and technology, the two Prime Ministers decided to strengthen cooperation in these fields, such as substantially increasing the number of student exchanges between the two countries, enhancing Japanese language education in India, and collaborating in various disciplines of science and technology, as well as in sports.

Leading for the future, the two Prime Ministers decided to "create a relationship that will shape the course of their countries and the character of this region and the world in this century."

During his visit to Japan, Prime Minister Modi stressed that when the 21st century is said to be an Asian century, Asia's future direction will shape the world's destiny, and that Japan-India relationship will have a global impact.

Indeed, Japan-India relationship has been enhanced to a new level as a result of Prime Minister Modi's visit to Japan this time.

Takeshi Yagi
Ambassador of Japan to India

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