How the relationship between India and Japan may contribute to global peace and prosperity
- The year 2022 marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and India.
- Formal relations between Japan and India began in 1952.
- Connection between the two countries has evolved into a ""Special Strategic and Global Partnership"" after 70 years of multi-layered exchanges.
- Instead of signing the multilateral San Francisco Peace Treaty after WWII, India chose to sign a bilateral peace treaty with Japan, believing that Japan's reintegration into the international community required honour and equality.
- Even before diplomatic connections were established, the two countries' citizens had developed a strong bond through business, academic, and cultural interactions.
- Both countries have a long and rich history of people to people exchanges dating back to sixth century.
- Buddhism was introduced to Japan, and in 752, the Great Buddha Statue at Todai-ji, one of Japan's most prominent temples, was consecrated by an Indian monk named Bodhisena.
- In late 19th century, India provided natural resources to Japan to modernise its economy during Meiji restoration.
- An interaction between the Nobel Laureate in literature, Rabindranath Tagore and Okakura Tenshin, a Japanese philosopher.
- When India hosted the first Asian Games in New Delhi in 1951, Japanese athletes were invited.
Areas of Cooperation
- Collaboration between both countries is built on mutual respect for each other's contributions to peace, stability, and development in Asia and beyond.
- Both see each other as natural allies in their efforts to achieve a ""Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP)"" and other global interests.
- Japan has been India's largest source of ODA (Official Development Assistance). The Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail project is one of the most recent and ongoing examples of our collaboration.
- Literature, movies, music, sports, and academic interactions have all become important in the bilateral relationship.
Areas of Opportunity
- Both are democratic Asian countries that can work together to promote world peace and prosperity.
- Even during the epidemic, both can enhance collaboration by utilising digital technology as a facilitator of new and innovative ways to communicate with one another.