The Opening of “2017 the Year of Japan-India Friendly Exchanges”

We are pleased to announce that “2017 the year of Japan-India Friendly Exchanges” was formally inaugurated on 12th January 2017, at The Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi, India. The event was co-hosted by Mr Kenji Hiramatsu, Ambassador of Japan, the Japan Tourism Agency, and the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO), and graced by the presence of many dignitaries from India and Japan, including H.E. Mr. Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Railways, Mr. Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Aayog, and Mr. Ryoichi Matsuyama, President of JNTO.
 
Following a soul‐stirring Wadaiko (Japanese Drum) performance by the Delhi Wadaiko team and the lamp-lighting ceremony, Ambassador Kenji Hiramatsu expressed his hope that events to be held throughout 2017 will allow us to further develop a close bond between Indian and Japanese people (FULL TEXT). Mr. Ryoichi Matsuyama, President of JNTO, announced the plan to open a JNTO office in New Delhi very soon, and introduced Mr. Kenichi Takano, the Executive Director of the New Delhi office.
 
An announcement regarding the new Japan-India collaborative film project “Love in Tokyo” was also made on the occasion. Indian film directors, Mr. Imtiaz Ali and Mr. Arif Ali, and Japan’s major film studio SHOCHIKU, talked about the film on the stage.
 
We will continue to develop more cultural and people-to-people exchanges between Japan and India to deepen and strengthen our bilateral ties.
 
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2017 the Year of Japan-India Friendly Exchanges (the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan HP)
2017 the Year of Japan-India Friendly Exchanges leaflet


Wadaiko Performance by the Delhi Wadaiko Team



Lamp Lighting Ceremony



Address by Ambassador Hiramatsu



Address by Mr. Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Aayog



Address by H.E. Mr. Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Railways


Address by Mr. Ryoichi Matsuyama, President of JNTO, and introduction of Mr.Kenichi Takano, Executive Director of the New Delhi office of JNTO


Talk about the new Japan-India collaborative film project “Love in Tokyo” by Indian Film Directors, Mr. Imtiaz Ali and Mr. Arif Ali, and Japan’s major film studio, SHOCHIKU