India and Japan on Wednesday signed 15 agreements to broaden their strategic partnership and agreed to strengthen cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region where China has been aggressively increasing its assertiveness. The pacts had been inked during the talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe to give a boost to cooperation in various key sectors, including civil aviation, trade and science and technology.
Modi, while addressing the press at a joint event with Abe, said Indo-Japan ties were not limited to bilateral or regional spheres. The two sides had also closely cooperated on key global issues.
Shinzo Abe said, “We have just signed a joint statement which will serve as a milestone to open a new era for Japan-India relationship. Based on this we will strongly promote Japan-India special strategic and global partnership to drive peace and prosperity for Indo-Pacific region and the whole world.”
Below is the full list of agreements signed on Thursday between India and Japan:
Disaster Risk Management
MOC between the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Government of the Republic of India and the Cabinet Office of the Government of Japan aims to cooperate and collaborate in the field of disaster risk reduction and to share the experiences, knowledge and policies on disaster prevention.
MOC in the field of Japanese language education in India between MEA and MOFA, Japan, to further strengthen bilateral relations and cooperation in the field of Japanese language education in India.
The India Japan Act East Forum to enhance connectivity and promote developmental projects in the northeastern region of India in an efficient and effective manner.
Economic & Commercial
Arrangement between India Post and Japan Post on administrative instruction for the implementation of cool EMS service aims at implementing the commercial arrangement of ‘Cool EMS’ service between Japan Post and India Post, through which fresh food can be sent from Japan to India in cool boxes for the Japanese expatriates in India.
The India-Japan Investment Promotion Road map between DIPP and METI to facilitate and accelerate Japanese investments in India.
MoC between METI and the state of Gujarat on ‘Japan-India special program for Make In India’ in Mandal Bechraj-Khoraj, to cooperate in infrastructure development programs in the Mandal Bechraj-Khorajregion.
Exchange of RoD on Civil Aviation Cooperation, which opens skies between India and Japan i.e. Indian and Japanese carriers can mount now unlimited flights to select cities.
Science and technology
Agreement for international joint exchange program between inter-disciplinary theoretical and mathematical sciences program (iTHEMS), RIKEN and National Centres for Biological Sciences (Simons-NCBS) to establish a ‘Joint Exchange Program’ to identify and foster talented young scientists from both countries to collaborate in the field of theoretical biology
Joint research contract between the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science & Technology (AIST), Japan, and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) to conduct joint research and to establish an international centre named ‘DBT-AIST International CENter for Translational & Environmental Research (DAICENTER)’ at AIST, Japan, in order to promote science and technology in both.
MoU signed between DBT and National Institute of Advanced Science & Technology (AIST), to promote research collaboration between DBT research institutes and AIST in the fields of life sciences and biotechnology.
MoU signed on international academic and sports exchange between Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education (LNIPE) and Nippon Sports Science University, Japan (NSSU). This will facilitate and deepen international education cooperation and exchanges between Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education, India, and Nippon Sport Science University, Japan.
MoU signed on international academic and sports exchange between the Sports Authority of India and Nippon Sports Science University, Japan (NSSU). This will facilitate and deepen international education cooperation and exchange between the Sports Authority of India and Nippon Sport Science University, Japan.
Letter of intent signed between Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education (LNIPE) and the University of Tsukuba, Japan to strengthen strategic collaboration, joint research programs and exchanges between the Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education, India and University of Tsukuba, Japan will be undertaken.
Letter of intent signed between Sports Authority of India and University of Tsukuba, Japan to strengthen strategic collaboration, joint research program and exchanges between University of Tsukuba, Japan and Sports Authority of India.
MoU signed between RIS and IDE-JETRO for promotion of cooperation in research-related activities to promote institutional cooperation between RIS and IDE-JETRO to strengthen the capacity of research and effectiveness of dissemination of research findings.
Prime Minister Modi concluded saying “With the strength of our friendship and trust, I invite more and more Japanese people and companies to come, live and work in India.” India and Japan are ‘perfect partners’ in a mutual and global pursuit for achieving monumental levels of progress in development.
The growing convergence between Japan and India on strategic and economic issues has the capacity to stimulate economies, not only in the region, but also on a global scale. As Modi said, the 21st century is Asia’s century. India and Japan are set to play major roles in Asia’s emergence in global circles.