‘Jai India – Jai Japan’, A meeting held between India’s PM Narendra Modi, Japanese PM Shinjo Abe and
his wife Akie Abe on 14the September 2017 to ramp up their strategic partnership. The ties are stronger
than ever, it’s just not all about bullet train, India-Japan to increase defense ties, signs 15 MoUs. Both
the countries decided to title the statement after the summit – Toward a free, open and prosperous
India-Japan relationship has always been strong as we are much engaged in cultural exchanges. For example, take Buddhism, we follow common cultural practices and share commitment to the ideals of tolerance, democracy and open society. India and Japan are considered as the oldest and largest democracies in the world. As Japan supported Britain before Independence India and Japan were not so friendly as they seem to be now. India is considered as a big market for Japanese markets. Japanese Companies like Sony, Toyota and Honda have manufacturing facilities in India. Suzuki which is considered to be the one of the most prominent automobile company of Japan built a partnership with Maruti, which led to the emergence of the largest car manufacturing company Maruti Suzuki in India. They have the healthiest relation in Asia often referred as “Japanese-Indian Brotherhood”.
The year 2007 was declared “India-Japan Friendship Year.”
We can mostly relate these two countries because their similarities in religious and cultural practices.
At the beginning of 6th century the Cultural exchanges between Japan and India started taking place with the introduction of Buddhism in Japan from India. Bodhi sena an Indian monk arrived in Japan to introduce Buddhism to Japanese population. The introduction of Buddhism had a great impact on Japanese culture, and created a sense of friendship between Japan and India.
These cultural exchanges between Japan and India created many parallels in their folklore. Both of them started referring to their deities almost in a similar way for example the Indian goddess Saraswati for s known as Benzaiten in Japan. Brahma, known as ‘Bonten’, and Yama, known as ‘Enma’ which even almost sounds the same. Sanskrit is a common language used in both Buddhism and Hinduism, which makes these religions more similar to each other.
The military ties between Japan and India are also quite strong. Both of them maintain the security of sea-lanes in the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean, And the main motive of both the military groups is to abolish International Crime, terrorism, mass destruction and other criminal activities. Japan and India concluded a security pact on 22 October 2008.
In November 2016, Narendra Modi the prime minister of India visited Japan and signed a treaty with Japan on nuclear energy. This deal gives Japan right to supply nuclear fuel, reactors and technology to India. And by 2032 six nuclear reactors are planned to build.
After a deal in September 2017 between Mr. Modi and Mr. Abe led to the building a 508-km long Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail project for one trillion rupees. These instances clearly show that Japan and Indians are in good terms with each other.
In August 2000, the Japanese Prime Minister visited India. At this meeting, Japan and India agreed to establish “Japan-India Global Partnership in the 21st Century.”