Japan envoy calls India 'most essential partner' at the centre of Tokyo's Indo-Pacific strategy

New Delhi: India is an obvious, essential and the most reliable partner for Japan to work with and the country places it at the centre of its Indo-Pacific strategy, Japanese envoy to India Kenji Hiramastsu said on Thursday.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

Referring to Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe's visit to India in September, and his meeting with Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, Hiramatsu said the strategic dialogue between the two leaders on regional and global issues was becoming increasingly deep and substantial.

"India is an obvious, essential, and the most reliable partner for Japan to work with, in coping with the challenges that the world faces today. Japan places India at the center of its Indo-Pacific strategy," the ambassador said.

Hiramatsu was addressing a gathering on the occasion of the 'National Day' reception at the Embassy of Japan. The National Day of Japan is observed to celebrate the birthday of Akihito, the Emperor of Japan, who will turn 84 on 23 December.

Referring to the Japanese direct investment into India, he underlined that Japanese FDI has almost doubled from $2.6 billion in 2014 to $4.7 billion in 2016. This, he said, clearly illustrated the huge upsurge in Japanese companies' interest in entering the lucrative Indian market and expanding their operations.

Hiramatsu also added that the two countries were discovering new avenues of collaboration, for instance, in retail, services sectors, and start-ups. In the field of people-to-people exchanges, Japan will continue to work towards accelerating it through tourism, youth exchanges, sports and Japanese language education.

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Updated Date: Dec 14, 2017 10:28:10 IST

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