Interaction with Kenji Hiramatsu, Ambassador of Japan to India
FICCI's India Japan Forum of Parliamentarians and the Embassy of Japan joined hands to organise an interaction with Members of Parliament from India with Kenji Hiramatsu, Ambassador of Japan to India on February 6, 2017 at Embassy of Japan, New Delhi.
This was a timely and significant initiative as 2017 has been announced as the Year of Japan-India friendly exchanges.
The interaction was chaired jointly by Kenji Hiramatsu, and Dr Jyotsna Suri, Past President, FICCI and CMD, Bharat Hotels.
The MPs present included Ninong Ering (INC), Vincent H Pala (INC), Rahul Kaswan (BJP); Dinesh Trivedi (AITMC); Prof Richard Hay (Nominated); Rabindra Jena (BJD); Dushyant Chautala (INLD); Meenakshi Lekhi (BJP); Harish Chandra Meena (BJP); Gaurav Gogoi (INC); Sushmita Dev (INC); Conrad Sangma (NPP); P D Rai(SDF); Jose K Mani (KC); Dr Sugata Bose (AITC) and Swapan Dasgupta (Nominated) contributed to the deliberations with suggestions on how Japan can support India's development priorities, collaborate to focus on global agenda as well as work out economic partnerships for mutual benefit.
Rohit Relan, Co-Chair, FICCI's India Japan Business Council and Managing Director Bharat Seats;
Dr A Didar Singh, Secretary General, FICCI and Ambika Sharma, DG - International, FICCI attended the discussion.
Ambassador Hiramatsu appreciated FICCI for reconstituting India- Japan Forum of Parliamentarians. Amb further mentioned that 2017 is very important for Japan-India relationship, since it marks the Year of Friendly Exchanges. He said, “The India Japan relationship is not just about bilateral issues. Attention is increasingly on topics of global concern and relevance. Even bilaterally, a long term perspective is adopted: with cooperation on connectivity, and a common concern for a safe and peaceful Indo-Pacific region. India's Act East policy is a perfect match with Japan's international initiatives.”
Addressing the group, Dr. Suri stated that Japan and India are the oldest democracies of Asia and are amongst Asia's three biggest economies. They have much in common – in the way they have built growth around technology, developed domestic strength and explored the international market.
For FICCI, Japan has always had a special significance and has consistently worked to strengthen the three main pillars of JapanIndia relations: economic, political and strategic. As a fourth pillar of engagement, people-to-people connect and exchanges remain the best way to consolidate a deepening relation. She mentioned that Japan has always held a special significance for FICCI and there has been a constant effort to strengthen the three main pillars of India – Japan collaboration: Economic, Political and Strategic. Beyond this economic and political aspect, FICCI has worked on the very important track two dimension through the Forum of Parliamentarians, which as the “fourth pillar” of engagement strengthens people to people connect.
Hideki Asari, Minister (Political Affairs), Embassy of Japan made a presentation on Japan-India relation highlighting religion, historical, cultural, trade and commercial as well as political / security relations the two countries shared. This was followed by a lively interactive session where MPs shared their views with the Ambassador.
Interaction of India Japan Forum of Parliamentarians with Kenji Hiramatsu, Ambassador of Japan to India.
Members of Parliament at the interaction.
Minister Hideki Asari, sharing a presentation on Japan-India relations.