In­ter­ac­tion with Kenji Hi­ra­matsu, Am­bas­sador of Ja­pan to India

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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.

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