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Royal push for Indo-Japan ties

 

PUJA AWASTHI | New Delhi, December 6, 2013 10:53
Tags : Emperor of Japan | Akihito | Empress Michiko |Shinzo Abe |China | |
 

Emperor of Japan, Akihito, and his wife, Empress Michiko arrived in India for a six day visit, 53 years after their last call. That they came at specific prodding from the Japanese Prime Minister and the cabinet, and when they have invitations from nearly 50 other countries pending, is clear indication of Japan’s wish to deepen strategic ties with Inida, despite both sides making it clear that the visit is without political undertones. A similar desire on India’s part is indicated by the fact that the Japanese PM Shinzo Abe might be the chief guest at next year’s January 26 celebrations. Ties between the two countries are guided by economics. While Japan is the biggest investor in infrastructure projects, numerous Japanese automobile, electronics and food processing corporations have commercial bases in India.Indo-Japan trade, currently valued at 18.5 billion dollars per annum is also poised for a bigger leap as Japanese investors look away from China, which arouses hostile public opinion in Japan.

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Issue Dated: Feb 5, 2017