Here’s what he wrote in his column in the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun


PM Modi is currently in Japan to attend a Quad leadership meeting. On May 23, Prime Minister Narendra Modi published his comment in the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun. In a tweet, he wrote: “Wrote a comment about the vibrant India-Japan relations. We live a partnership for peace, stability and prosperity. I follow the journey of our special friendship as it completes 70 glorious years.”

In his commentary, PM Modi described the relationship between India and Japan in three words: “Special”, “Strategical” and “Global”. However, he added that India and Japan have many more opportunities for stronger ties. PM Modi traced the cultural ties between the two nations and drew parallels with how the two countries share the same values ​​of democracy, freedom and rules-based international order.

He recalled how Bodhisena, the Indian monk who spread Buddhism in Japan during the Nara era, and Swami Vivekananda, India’s great religious leader, helped strengthen ties between the two countries. He also mentioned the influence of Japan on MK Gandhi as the famous Japanese Three Monkeys “See, Hear, Speak” are associated with him.

70 years of partnership

PM Modi said India and Japan are celebrating 70 years of partnership. PM said his faith in India-Japan relations had started to build when the then Japanese Prime Minister visited Gujarat when PM Modi was the state’s premier. Japan had extended its support for the “Vibrant Gujarat Summit”.

He mentioned how Japan has become an irreplaceable partner in the process of promoting development and modernization. Several projects such as the automotive industry, the industrial corridor and more show how Japan has supported India. The two countries are now looking forward to strengthening the bond in the post-Covid period.

He said the two countries could be essential cornerstones of stability and security in the region. The cooperative relationship between the two countries is expanding into various areas, including defense. The two countries will continue to work together in the fields of cyber, space and underwater.

Full text of Pm Modi’s comment (translated with Google Translate)

Special, strategic and global. These three words that describe the relationship between Japan and India have unprecedented meaning individually, but they are far from the possibility of a connection between the two countries.

Cultural connections go back centuries. A strong belief in sharing the values ​​of democracy, freedom and rules-based international order, and the alignment of regional and global perspectives underlie the trust and relationship between India and Japan as true partners.

From Bodhisena (an Indian monk who spread Buddhism in Japan during the Nara era) to Swami Vivekananda (a great religious leader in India), the cultural ties between the two countries are mutual. It has a long and rich history of respect and learning. Among the collections that Mahatma Gandhi treasured is a small statue of the three wise monkeys “See, Hear, Speak”. Judge Radhabinod Pal (India, the only person in the Tokyo tribunal held responsible for Japan’s war of innocence) is also well known in Japan. Tagore’s praise of poetry for Japan and his interaction with Tenshin Okakura was the driving force behind the early networking of artists and intellectuals from both countries.

As the two countries celebrate their 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations, this deep relationship lays a solid foundation for a mature India-Japan partnership in the modern day.

My own belief in this partnership began during the time of Prime Minister Gujarat. He distinguished himself not only by the sophistication of Japanese technology and skills, but also by his serious and long-term involvement in Japanese leadership and business. This has made Japan a preferred partner in the industrial sector in Gujarat (state). It has also shown its most outstanding presence since the start of the investment attraction event “Vibrant Gujarat Summit”.

Japan has also proved that India is an irreplaceable partner in promoting development and modernization. From the automotive industry to the industrial corridor, Japan’s investment and development promotion presence extends across India. The high-speed rail project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad symbolizes Japan’s broad collaboration in the key effort to create a ‘new India’.

The two countries have had longstanding intercourse since diplomatic relations were established in 1952. In my opinion, however, the best time is yet to come. India and Japan are now trying to revitalize and rebuild their economies during the post-coronavirus period and continue to deepen our engagement in everything from trade to investment to defense and security. There is room for the unknown.

In recent years, India has started to strengthen its fundamentals in manufacturing, services, agriculture and digital technology infrastructure. Japan is an indispensable partner for India’s sustainable transformation. For Japan, India’s sense of speed and scale, combined with simplification and incentives for business practices, bold reforms and ambitious plans, will be a unique opportunity. India also has more than 100 unlisted unicorns (with an enterprise value of more than $1 billion), creating a dynamic entrepreneurial environment. The Japanese capital has already played an important role and has much greater potential.

The connection between the peoples of both countries has played an indispensable role in deepening mutual understanding. Many Indians now work in Japan and contribute to the Japanese economy and society. Just as Japanese business people contribute to India’s economic growth, this complementary relationship can be enhanced in many ways.

But our relationship has even greater responsibilities and goals. The spread of the new coronavirus infection, global tensions and destructive actions that could threaten the stability and security of the Indo-Pacific create a resilient supply chain not dominated by coercion or exploitation, human-based development models and power. Reaffirmed the need for stable international economic relations. The partnership between the two countries will help advance these goals.

To this end, we will contribute to building an open, free and inclusive Indo-Pacific. It is characterized by secure ocean connectivity, integration through trade and investment, and respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity as documented in international law.

As two democracies in the strategically important Indo-Pacific, both countries can be important cornerstones for stability and security in the region. Because of this, the cooperative relationship between the two countries is expanding to a wide range of fields, and defense cooperation between the two countries is rapidly becoming closer, from joint exercises to information sharing to the defense industry. The two countries will continue to work together in the fields of cyber, space and underwater.

In addition to security, we have development, infrastructure, connectivity, sustainability, health and vaccines, and frameworks like the “quad” of Japan, the United States, Australia and India, countries that share values ​​both internally and externally across the region. Promotion of initiatives in this region, e.g. B. Capacity building and humanitarian response in the event of a disaster. The peaceful and prosperous Indo-Pacific region is also very important for a better future for the whole world.

A crisis can sometimes be more challenging and accelerate change. For this reason, now that the world is at a turning point, the cooperative relationship between the two countries requires greater responsibility and urgency. India and Japan can meet these demands if they share everything they have built up over the past few decades.

In March of this year, Prime Minister Kishida and I presented in New Delhi a roadmap to deepen the India-Japan Special Strategic Global Partnership towards a peaceful, stable and prosperous post-corona world. As we celebrate the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations, we are building a crucial cooperative relationship in this region. I am confident that the meeting with Prime Minister Kishida will bring solid progress in implementing this ambitious agenda.

Visit of PM Modi in Japan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is currently on his two-day visit to Japan to attend the Quad Summit. This will be the second in-person quad meetup. This group includes India, the United States, Japan and Australia. New Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and US President Joe Biden will also be present at the summit.


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