Ambassador's Message

In front of the Peepal tree planted by Their Majesties the Emperor Emeritus and Empress Emerita in 1960
On November 9th, I assumed the post of Ambassador of Japan to India and presented my credentials to President Murmu on November 28th.
Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minister Abe have held 15 bilateral summits from 2012 to 2020. I have attended all these meetings as Executive Secretary to the Prime Minister and witnessed how much the two leaders respected each other and how they have endeavored hand in hand to dramatically enhance Japan-India partnership.
Japan and India share the vision of "Free and Open Indo-Pacific" and have deepened their cooperation under Special Strategic and Global Partnership. In recent years, a number of high-level meetings have been held, such as Japan-Australia-India-U.S.(Quad) Leaders’ Meetings and the Foreign and Defense Ministerial Meetings ("2+2").

Cooperation between Japan and India is not only limited to the fields of diplomacy and defense, but also encompasses wide-ranging areas such as investment, business, infrastructure development and human resource development, among others, and many Japanese companies are actively doing business in India. I would like to make every effort to facilitate the activities of Japanese companies, including those who are considering to enter into India in the future. I would also like to provide strong support to the Japanese people who have been engaged for many years in promoting grass-root exchanges between Japan and India.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and India, and we celebrate our longstanding friendship together. Next month, India will assume the presidency of the G20. I hope India will play an important role for the prosperity and development of the world. As India’s friend, Japan will spare no efforts to cooperate towards that end.
And next year, Japan will assume the Presidency of the G7. In order to strengthen synergy between the G7 and the G20, close collaboration between Japan and India is vitally important. Prime Minister Kishida visited India in March this year as his first overseas visit, and articulated his policy to put priority on further strengthening Japan-India Special Strategic and Global Partnership.
I deeply appreciate the opportunity to serve as Ambassador of Japan to India at this critical juncture for strengthening Japan-India partnership. Following the exceptional friendship Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minister Abe forged, I, too, would like to foster heart to heart friendship with the people of India. I would be grateful if you could extend to me your kind support and cooperation.
November 2022
                            Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to India
Hiroshi SUZUKI