INDIA AND JAPAN HOLD DEFENCE TALKS
Defence Minister of Japan Itsunori Onodera visited India from January 5-8, 2014, as a follow-up to the India-Japan Defence Ministerial Meeting held in November 2011. The two Ministers held a Defence Ministerial meeting on January 6, 2014, during which Minister Onodera briefed his Indian counterpart A.K. Antony on Japan's National Security Strategy and the National Defence Programme Guidelines, which were adopted in December 2013. The ministers also appreciated the progress on IndiaJapan bilateral defence cooperation including the second bilateral training between the Japan and the Indian Navy, which was held from December 19-22, 2013. They also decided to strengthen India-Japan defence consultation and cooperation, including those related to maritime security.