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Indian Ambassador to Japan Meets Japanese Dignitaries to Boost Bilateral Relations

Mr. Sibi George, Ambassador of India to Japan, met with Mr. Fukushiro Nukaga, the Speaker of the Japanese House of Representatives, on 13 June 2024. Their meeting focussed on deepening the Special Strategic and Global partnership between Japan and India. The meeting took place at Indian House.

Both leaders spoke about strengthening the exchanges between the parliaments of both nations, cooperation in human resources and education, and business-to-business ties. The Indian Embassy in Japan posted, “Discussed ways for deepening further India-Japan Special Strategic & Global Partnership, including strengthening Parliamentary exchanges, B2B ties and cooperation in human resources & education matters.”

On the same day, Mr. Sibi met Mr. Komura Masahiro, the Japanese Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs. Their meeting focussed on enhancing bilateral cooperation between Japan and India in the cultural and tourism fields. The Embassy elaborated, “Ambassador @AmbSibiGeorge received H.E. Mr. KOMURA Masahiro, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs and discussed strengthening further India-Japan relations, including enhancing cooperation in cultural & tourism fields.”

The Ambassador also participated in a listing ceremony hosted by the BlackRock iShares India Nifty 50 Exchange Traded Fund at the Tokyo Stock Exchange. At the event, he highlighted India’s tremendous growth potential in the trade sector.

The Embassy underscored both posts with ‘#ConnectingHimalayaswithMountFuji’. India and Japan announced 2023 to be the ‘India-Japan Year of Tourism Exchange’. Its theme was “Connecting Himalayas with Mount Fuji”. This theme has been extended to 2024 as well. These recent high-level meetings took place as a part of the said theme.

The Navies of India and Japan began their biennial maritime exercise ‘Jimex 24’ earlier this week. The said exercise welcomed the diplomatic relations between the two countries. Jimex 24 aims to enhance operability between India and Japan’s navies through complex multi-disciplinary operations. The INS Shivalik, the Indian Navy’s indigenous stealth frigate, arrived at Japan’s Yokosuka on 11 June 2024 to participate in the eighth edition of the exercise. According to the Ministry of Defence, this exercise has been held since 2012 and aims to boost interoperability and cooperation between India and Japan’s navies. It comprises both harbour and sea phases. The former includes sports, professional, and social interactions. The sea phase facilitates the navies to hone their fighting skills at sea jointly. The exercise also boosts interoperability by indulging in complex multi-disciplinary operations on sub-surface, surface, and air domains.