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Postby A_Gupta » 04 Feb 2017 02:12

Fukushima nuclear reactor radiation at highest level since 2011 meltdown
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The facility’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), said atmospheric readings as high as 530 sieverts an hour had been recorded inside the containment vessel of reactor No 2, one of three reactors that experienced a meltdown when the plant was crippled by a huge tsunami that struck the north-east coast of Japan in March 2011.

The extraordinary radiation readings highlight the scale of the task confronting thousands of workers, as pressure builds on Tepco to begin decommissioning the plant – a process that is expected to take about four decades.

The recent reading, described by some experts as “unimaginable”, is far higher than the previous record of 73 sieverts an hour in that part of the reactor.

A single dose of one sievert is enough to cause radiation sickness and nausea; 5 sieverts would kill half those exposed to it within a month, and a single dose of 10 sieverts would prove fatal within weeks.

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Re: India and Japan: News and Discussion

Postby Neshant » 07 Feb 2017 12:15

I wonder how many radio active fish are swimming around that area with millions of gallons of contaminated sea water being discharged every day into the ocean. India better setup proper monitoring & security for all its reactors. The unimaginable chaos from a reactor being blown up by religious nut cases would be disastrous.

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Postby A_Gupta » 08 Feb 2017 07:12

http://www.livemint.com/Industry/FsChFl ... ls-am.html
"Japan’s ‘green card’ welcome for Indian IT professionals, amid US H1B visa reforms

Japan is introducing a new law to accord permanent residency status to skilled professionals in 1-2 years, even as Donald Trump moves to tighten US visa policy".

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Postby A_Gupta » 08 Feb 2017 07:14

http://www.thehindu.com/business/Indust ... 242793.ece
Mr. Maeda {Executive Vice President of the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO)} said currently there is an “investment imbalance” between Japan and India. The investments by Japan in India as at the end of 2015 were $14.1 billion, while investments from India into Japan were worth only $0.074 billion. He also pointed out that FDI (2015 figures) from India to Singapore ($5.27 billion), to the U.S. ($3 billion) and to the U.K. ($779 million) were much more than to Japan (just $27 million).

He said Japan is looking to attract investments from Indian companies in sectors including IT/ITeS, pharmaceuticals and tourism.

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Re: India and Japan: News and Discussion

Postby svinayak » 10 Feb 2017 23:38

A_Gupta wrote:http://www.thehindu.com/business/Industry/Japan-woos-foreign-talent-with-easier-residency-norms/article17242793.ece
Mr. Maeda {Executive Vice President of the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO)} said currently there is an “investment imbalance” between Japan and India. The investments by Japan in India as at the end of 2015 were $14.1 billion, while investments from India into Japan were worth only $0.074 billion. He also pointed out that FDI (2015 figures) from India to Singapore ($5.27 billion), to the U.S. ($3 billion) and to the U.K. ($779 million) were much more than to Japan (just $27 million).

He said Japan is looking to attract investments from Indian companies in sectors including IT/ITeS, pharmaceuticals and tourism.

All the countries listed have long extensive contact with Indians travelling to those countries for decades.
Japan is the only exception with least Indian contact

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Re: India and Japan: News and Discussion

Postby Kashi » 13 Feb 2017 09:00

svinayak wrote:All the countries listed have long extensive contact with Indians travelling to those countries for decades.
Japan is the only exception with least Indian contact


Actually Indians have been in Japan for at least past 100 years. Many settled in Kobe region.

There are 1.5 million British of Indian descent in the UK (and plenty travel back and forth) and our investment there is $779 million, Japan has about ~25,000 residents of Indian extraction and the investment is about $27 million.

Adjusting for population (both Indian and the total of the host nation), Indian investment in Japan would seem pretty high per capita in comparison.

Of course, Singapore is a different kettle of fish altogether, but it could be since many Indian corporates choose to keep their corporate HQs in Singapore for tax reasons- Flipkart is a prime example. And also probably, the recently plugged loophole on investments from Singapore to India.

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Re: India and Japan: News and Discussion

Postby svinayak » 13 Feb 2017 23:11

Kashi wrote:Adjusting for population (both Indian and the total of the host nation), Indian investment in Japan would seem pretty high per capita in comparison.

It does not work that way. India was removed from the older colonial trading and commerce groups with new alliance in the last 50 years.

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Re: India and Japan: News and Discussion

Postby Kashi » 14 Feb 2017 05:35

svinayak wrote:It does not work that way. India was removed from the older colonial trading and commerce groups with new alliance in the last 50 years.


I am sorry I do not quite understand. Could you please clarify?

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Re: India and Japan: News and Discussion

Postby SSridhar » 21 Mar 2017 06:55

India to block Japan’s request for WTO dispute panel on steel penal duties - Amiti Sen, Business Line
India will block Japan’s request for a dispute settlement panel at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) against penal duties on steel imports imposed by New Delhi, a government official has said.

Tokyo’s request will be taken up for consideration by the Dispute Settlement Body of the World Trade Organisation in its meeting on Tuesday.{i.e. today}

“We are definitely going to block the request. Our argument is that India has not flouted any norms while imposing safeguard duties on certain categories of steel,” the official said.

Japan, however, is expected to make a second request in the next DSB meeting which cannot be blocked as per rules.

In March last year, India had extended safeguard duties — penal duties imposed over and above the regular customs duties to check import surges of identified items — on certain hot-rolled steel items till March 2018. The move was aimed at protecting domestic steel producers suffering from the double blow of low demand and cheap imports.

Japan has alleged that the investigation carried out by the Directorate General of Safeguards in India was not according to procedures laid down by the WTO and the injury determination, which is a measure of disruption suffered by local players, was also faulty.

The Japanese government has estimated that the tariffs could cost Japanese steel companies about $220 million through March 2018, as per reports in the Japanese media.

“We tried to convince Japan in our bilateral consultations on the dispute that no rules had been breached and the safeguard duties were progressively being brought down. But Japan chose to ask for a dispute settlement panel,” the official said.
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Japan, which has friendly trade relations with India, is taking the strong step of filing a dispute to stop unfair trade actions from spreading, a Japanese industry ministry official reportedly said.

India imposed minimum import price and safeguard duties on steel imports last year to protect the domestic industry.

As per the Finance Ministry’s notification, safeguard duty will apply on hot-rolled flat products of non-alloy and other alloy steel in coils of 600 mm width.

The safeguard duty will be 20 per cent minus any existing dumping duty till September 2016, following which it will be reduced to 18 per cent till March 2017, then brought down to 15 per cent till September 2017 and eventually to 10 per cent by March 2018.

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Re: India and Japan: News and Discussion

Postby A_Gupta » 02 Apr 2017 17:24

https://energyinfrapost.com/japan-commi ... cts-india/
Japan has committed an “official development assistance” (ODA) of 371.345 billion yen (about Rs 21,590 crore) under 2016-2017 for various infrastructure projects, including the dedicated freight corridor, in India.

The notes in this regard were exchanged in New Delhi between S Selvakumar, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs; and Kenji Hiramatsu, Ambassador of Japan to India.

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Re: India and Japan: News and Discussion

Postby SSridhar » 08 May 2017 07:48

Japan pitches for Chabahar port - Suhasini Haidar, The Hindu
Japan is keen on collaborating with India on projects in Asia and Africa as a counter to China’s Belt and Road initiative (B&RI), Tokyo’s Ambassador to New Delhi said here [New Delhi], indicating Japan’s nod for Australia’s bid to join a quadrilateral for military exercises with India and the U.S..

In an exclusive interview to The Hindu , Ambassador Kenji Hiramatsu revealed that the Japanese government was in talks with Tehran and New Delhi for a role in the Chabahar port project along with India.

We are interested in connectivity projects and to make sure that this region is free and open and an important port like Chabahar is good for regional connectivity ... I can’t tell when it will materialise, but we have expressed our interest,” Mr. Hiramatsu said. India, Iran and Afghanistan signed a trilateral agreement in May 2016 to build trade and transit routes from the strategically located Iranian port into Afghanistan and Central Asia, a $20-billion investment for India, and will be seen as a rival to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor’s Gwadar port.

Asked if Japan’s plans for connectivity in the region were being challenged by China’s 60-nation BRI, the Ambassador contended that Japan and India could offer similar projects to countries here, based on their common “principles.”

Prosperity, stability

“We are also providing rather generous financing to these countries as well, to enhance prosperity and stability. We hope many of these countries will also choose our projects, some of which we can do in collaboration with India,” he said, adding that Japan shared values of “democracy, freedom of navigation” with India.

The Ambassador’s statement points to the growing discussions on strategic convergence between India and other “Indo-Pacific” powers for whom China’s recent economic moves like the BRI as well as an aggressive maritime stance in the South China Sea have been a matter of concern.

Backing Australia’s request to join the trilateral “Malabar” naval exercises between India, Japan and Australia, Ambassador Hiramatsu said, “We cherish the cooperation with Australia, and we have just had a Japan-Australia-India strategic dialogue and a political dialogue between these three countries, and we will have to see how it develops.”

Speaking about other areas of bilateral strategic cooperation, the Japanese Ambassador said the Indo-Japan civil nuclear cooperation agreement is still on track, and has been presented for ratification in the Japanese Parliament .

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Re: India and Japan: News and Discussion

Postby SSridhar » 22 May 2017 08:54

Japan plans war museum in a Manipur hillock - Iboyaima Laithangbam, The Hindu
Japan plans to build a war museum in a hillock at Maiba Lokpa in Bishnupur district of Manipur where a Japanese camp was located during the Second World War, the country’s Ambassador to India, Kenji Hiramatsu, said here on Sunday.

Mr. Hiramatsu said about 70,000 Japanese soldiers died from March to June in 1944 during battles in Imphal and Kohima. He said the mortal remains of those soldiers would be located for the last rites, seeking the cooperation of the people in the region.

The Ambassador said that 25 persons from Nagaland and Manipur would be invited to visit Japan.

A seminar would also be organised in November to help students interested in pursuing studies in Japan.


Welcoming the museum plans, Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh promised assistance to the Japanese government for implementing the project.

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Re: India and Japan: News and Discussion

Postby SSridhar » 24 May 2017 14:49

Japanese retailers looking to enter Indian market dominated by European, US brands - Rasul Bailay, Economic Times
India’s rapidly growing fashion and accessories segment has caught the fancy of Japanese retailers and several of them are getting ready to enter a market so far dominated by European and US brands.

A host of retailers from the Land of the Rising Sun, including Mark Styler that owns fashion and lifestyle brands such as Mercuryduo, Dazzlin and Emoda; fast-fashion retailer Miniso; eyewear company Owndays and the Kai Group, which sells products in cooking, grooming and beauty care are scouting for mall space in India’s top cities, senior executives at three top malls said.

A couple of Japanese companies already sell their fashion products in India, a country with a burgeoning and increasingly urbanised and prosperous middle class that is becoming an important growth market for global brands.

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Tokyo-based Muji, which retails apparels to home products, entered India last year in a joint venture with Reliance Brands that sells a raft of global brands, including Kenneth Cole, Steve Madden, Diesel and Brooks Brothers. Muji expects India to be its second largest international market after China, where the retailer with no-logo branding operates around 200 outlets.

Kyoto-based luxury lingerie brand Wacoal, too, entered India last year in a joint venture between its Hong Kong unit and India’s Perivbwinkle Fashions.

The largest Japanese fashion company and one of the world’s top four fast-fashion brands, Uniqlo, is preparing to come to India next year. ET reported in January that Uniqlo is entering India on its own and is in talks with mall developers in top cities to open stores.

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“In India, I have seen mostly Japanese companies move in a herd — be it automobiles, electronics or other equipments,” said Harminder Sahni, founder of retail consultancy Wazir Advisors. “I see that has started to happen in retail with Muji coming here.”

Kai has already invested about Rs 175 crore in India, the bulk of it in a manufacturing plant at Neemrana outside of New Delhi. The firm, which operates experiential stores in Japan, Hong Kong and other countries, plans to open a store in a New Delhi mall.

“We are under negotiations for a store in a mall in Delhi where we will showcase our products such as kitchen goods, kitchen appliances and related items,” said Rajesh Pandya, Kai’s chief operating officer in India.

Founded in 2013, fast-fashion brand Minisco sells its products through more than 1,400 standalone stores in 31 countries. A spokesperson for Minisco said the company generally appoints franchisees for its brand but will open company-owned stores in India and later appoint sub-franchisees.

One of the mall executives said Mark Styler is in talks with a local company for a franchisee. Masanori Akiyama, the company’s president, did not respond to a text message sent to his phone seeking comment.

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Re: India and Japan: News and Discussion

Postby rajsunder » 25 May 2017 00:51

Kashi wrote:Actually Indians have been in Japan for at least past 100 years. Many settled in Kobe region.

There are 1.5 million British of Indian descent in the UK (and plenty travel back and forth) and our investment there is $779 million, Japan has about ~25,000 residents of Indian extraction and the investment is about $27 million.

Adjusting for population (both Indian and the total of the host nation), Indian investment in Japan would seem pretty high per capita in comparison.

Of course, Singapore is a different kettle of fish altogether, but it could be since many Indian corporates choose to keep their corporate HQs in Singapore for tax reasons- Flipkart is a prime example. And also probably, the recently plugged loophole on investments from Singapore to India.


$779 million figure seems to be too low considering that TATA is the biggest private employer in UK.

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Re: India and Japan: News and Discussion

Postby A_Gupta » 07 Jun 2017 22:41

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/0 ... ogy-india/
Japan-India nuclear cooperation pact clears the Upper House plenary session on Wednesday.
Diet endorses pact to export civil nuclear technology to India
The Diet on Wednesday endorsed the controversial Japan-India civil nuclear cooperation agreement that will allow the nation’s firms to export nuclear materials and technology to India for nonmilitary use.

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http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy ... with-India
Following the approval, the government intends to revise relevant rules under the Nuclear Regulation Authority -- Japan's industry watchdog. Once India takes similar steps and the governments exchange documents, the deal will take effect, possibly by this summer.

The bilateral framework stipulates that the materials and technology supplied by Japan may only be used for peaceful purposes. It also requires India to accept inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

In conjunction, the two countries have agreed that Japan will stop cooperating if India breaks its promise to suspend nuclear tests. India's foreign minister made the pledge in 2008.


Japan sees this as a major export opportunity, which partly explains the government's willingness to weather criticism of the deal. The partnership could see Japanese companies get involved in all stages of Indian nuclear plant projects -- from planning and construction to maintenance.

There is virtually no prospect of a nuclear industry renaissance in Japan, not after the Fukushima Daiichi power plant was destroyed in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Yet, the country is loath to lose its technological expertise in the sector. Exporting to India is a way to put that know-how to work.

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Postby ArjunPandit » 08 Jun 2017 08:45

Will that open up the way for US reactors?

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Postby A_Gupta » 13 Jun 2017 21:47

http://thediplomat.com/2017/06/japans-o ... ern-india/
Japan’s Outreach to Northeastern India
Japanese investment will play an important role in linking India’s northeast with Myanmar and Bangladesh.
An interesting development has been the participation of Japan in key infrastructure projects in India’s northeast. This has sent a strong message to China that New Delhi will explore all possible options. In April 2017, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed an agreement with the Union government in New Delhi to provide over 67 billion yen ($610 million) for Phase I of the North East Road Network Connectivity Improvement Project. Phase 1 will see the enhancement of National Highway 54 and National Highway 51 in Mizoram and Meghalaya. NH-54 is located in central Mizoram, and a stretch of the targeted section of NH-54, spread over 350 kilometers, extends from Aizawl to Tuipang in Mizoram.

The improvement of NH-54 is not just vital for the state, but also will enhance connectivity of the Kaladan Multi-Modal Transport Corridor, which seeks to link India’s northeastern states with the rest of India via Myanmar, by roads, inland water transport, and marine transport. These projects will also complement the Indo-Pacific Economic Corridor, something the previous U.S. administration had pushed for. The Corridor seeks to enhance connectivity between South Asia and Southeast Asia through Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Japanese participation in the northeast is very much in sync with the December 2015 declaration issued during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit. Seeking synergy between India’s Act East policy and Japan’s “Partnership for Quality Infrastructure,” Abe and Modi agreed to create top class, durable infrastructure that would improve connectivity not just within India, and between India and other countries in the region.

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India sees Japan as its special strategic partner: Jaishankar
http://www.newkerala.com/news/fullnews-253334.html
Singapore, July 11: Japan has steadily emerged as a special strategic partner of India and is committed to its infrastructure modernisation, Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar said Tuesday....."We also see enhanced synergy between India and Japan on connectivity and maritime security as positive for ASEAN nations," said the Foreign Secretary.

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Postby SSridhar » 15 Jul 2017 08:39

Malabar drills aim at giving regional security, says Japan - The Hindu
The trilateral Naval exercise, Malabar 2017, involving India, the U.S. and Japan, is strategically very important and meant to maintain the rule of law and maritime security in the region, Japanese Ambassador to India, Kenji Hiramatsu said on Friday.

In an interview to The Hindu , Mr Hiramatsu said, “This is very significant politically and [of] very symbolic value that the three countries are working together to safeguard the rule of law and maritime security in this region.”

Earlier this week, Indian and U.S. Naval officials had said the exercise was not aimed at China in the light of Beijing’s repeated concerns about the joint exercises.

The Ambassador said his country’s relations with India had a solid base, “for safeguarding peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region” adding that there could be more exchanges involving ground and air forces and an exchange of personnel in various areas.

Cooperation in Africa

Asked whether the Asia-Africa Growth Corridor project — envisaging an India-Japan collaboration in Africa — was to counter China’s Belt and Road project, the Ambassador said it was not aimed at any specific initiative.

“Our Prime Minister [Shinzo Abe] had already said it [Asia-Africa Growth Corridor] was for a free and open Indo-Pacific region and to make this region more inter-connected and prosperous. We are not particularly counter-balancing to some initiative. We are convinced this initiative is important for prosperity and security of this region,” he said.

Concrete plans

On whether India and Japan would take up specific pilot projects in Africa, the Ambassador said there was a “good win-win situation”.

“We think that India has vast experience, network in eastern part of Africa. We have good technology and financing to support African development,” Mr Hiramatsu said, adding that Japan has been working with Indian officials and businessmen for “a concrete development plan” in Africa.

On the next steps in the on the civil nuclear agreement, signed between the two countries last year, given the Diet’s approval of the pact recently, the Ambassador expressed the hope that there would be discussion “in due course of time.”

Happy with GST

Mr. Hiramatsu said the political situation was stable in India and this was one of the attractions for Japanese investors.

The Ambassador added that Japanese investors in India were “very happy” with roll out of the GST. “We were waiting for this for many years. This is very good for facilitating smooth transportation from one State to another and it is a very simple tax system,” he said.

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Postby SSridhar » 15 Jul 2017 08:43

Chennai Metro: Japan awaits nod to fund - The Hindu
Japan is awaiting a formal request of the Union government to fund the next phase of Chennai Metro Rail project, estimated to cost Rs. 85,047 crore, according to Kenji Hiramatsu, Japan’s Ambassador to India.

“On that basis, we are ready to look into the project in a very serious manner,” Mr. Hiramatsu told The Hindu
on Friday, responding to a question whether the Central government had sounded Japan out on the proposal mooted by the Tamil Nadu government in the light of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)’s financial assistance for the first phase.

Earlier, the Ambassador along with Consul General Seiji Baba met Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami at the Secretariat.

3 corridors in Phase II

As part of the second phase of the Metro Rail project, three corridors — Madhavaram to Siruseri, Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus in Koyambedu to Light House in Triplicane and Madhavaram to Sholinganallur — have been proposed for a length of 107.55 km.

In the first phase, covering a distance of 45 km and costing Rs. 14,600 crore, two corridors — Washermenpet-Chennai Airport and Chennai Central Station-St Thomas Mount — were taken up.

Now, services are operated in the sections of Koyambedu-Alandur, Chennai Airport-Little Mount, Alandur-St Thomas Mount and Thirumangalam-Nehru Park, Purasawalkam, totaling 27.35 km.

Asked whether he was satisfied with the progress of implementation of the first phase of the Metro Rail project, Mr. Hiramatsu termed the project “very important” and replied, “I hope to see early completion of the project.”

[In September 2015, in an interview with this newspaper, Muneo Kuruachi, Chairman of the Standing Committee of Japan-India Business Cooperation Committee, had expressed concern over the slow pace of the execution of the project.]

Asked for his comment on the perception in certain quarters that the Chennai-Bengaluru Industrial Corridor (CBIC) programme, whose master plan was drafted by the JICA, had not taken off, the Japanese Ambassador replied that work on some projects under the CBIC, such as industrial townships, had begun. “I include [Chennai] Metro Rail project as part of the CBIC.” He added that there was “rapid movement” under the programme.

Bullet train

On the status of a bullet-train project covering Mumbai and Ahmadabad, Mr. Hiramatsu said the project would be completed by 2023.

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Re: India and Japan: News and Discussion

Postby Karthik S » 15 Jul 2017 08:51

There were reports of entire Phase 2 being underground, may be due to notoriously narrow Chennai roads. The Chennai Bengaluru Mysore HSR feasibility study has been given to Germans. Don't understand the logic, when Japan is funding CBIC, wouldn't it make better sense to grant them HSR too.

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Postby SSridhar » 21 Jul 2017 11:23

India, Japan civil nuclear deal comes into force - The Hindu
The landmark India-Japan civil nuclear agreement came into force on Thursday. Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar exchanged the diplomatic notes with the Japanese envoy to India to formalise the completion of the process.

“The India-Japan Agreement for Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy entered into force on July 20, 2017 with the exchange of diplomatic notes between Dr. S. Jaishankar, Foreign Secretary and H.E. Mr. Kenji Hiramatsu, Ambassador of Japan to India,” said a statement from the Ministry of External Affairs.


The pact was signed in Tokyo during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Japan on November 11, 2016.

“This Agreement is a reflection of the strategic partnership between India and Japan and will pave the way for enhanced cooperation in energy security and clean energy. It seeks to promote full cooperation between the two countries in the development and uses of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes on a stable, reliable and predictable basis,” said the statement.

The deal is essential for bringing a network of nuclear energy cooperation for India, especially with the U.S. as prominent American nuclear companies are owned by the Japanese nuclear majors like Toshiba.

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Re: India and Japan: News and Discussion

Postby JE Menon » 02 Aug 2017 19:41

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nt-eG7husl4

Karolina Goswami expands her repertoire: Now a video on Indo-Japanese ties.

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Postby arun » 18 Aug 2017 11:54

X posted from the India-US relations: News and Discussions IV thread.

Excerpts from August 17 joint press conference held by US and Japan Defense and Foreign Affairs officials dealing with India.

US Secretary of State, Rex W Tillerson:

We will also cooperate to advance trilateral and multilateral security and defense cooperation with other partners in the region, notably the Republic of Korea, Australia, India, and other southeast Asian countries.


Foreign Minister of Japan, Taro Kono:

ROK, Australia, India, and Southeast Asian countries – we will promote more than ever before cooperation and security and defense.


There was no India specific remark made by US Secretary of Defense Gen. James Mattis (Retd.) or for that matter by Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera who were also present.

Excerpts from the US State Department website at the below weblink:

Remarks With Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, and Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera at a Press Availability

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Postby arun » 18 Aug 2017 14:00

Japan’s Ambassador to India, Kenji Hirramatsu, on Doklam aka Dok La:

On Doklam, Japan Backs India, Says 'Must Not Change Status Quo By Force'

………… "We understand that the area is disputed between China and Bhutan, and that both countries recognize the existence of a dispute," Japanese Ambassador Kenji Hiramatsu told journalists yesterday in response to a question.

"What is important in disputed areas is that all parties involved do not resort to unilateral attempts to change the status quo by force, and resolve the dispute in a peaceful manner."

The envoy said Japan has been watching the situation "very closely" as it "can affect the stability of the entire region."

On India's role, Ambassador Hiramatsu said, "We understand that India is involved in this incident based on bilateral agreements with Bhutan. External Affairs Minister Swaraj has made it clear that India would continue to engage with dialogue through diplomatic channels to find a mutually acceptable solution. We consider this attitude towards peaceful resolution important." ………


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