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   Japan Keen to Expand Ties

  The Japanese Ambassador to India Yasukuni Enoki said that his country wants to expand co-operation in manufacturing technology, civil aviation, and people to people exchange and conclude the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement.
 

 

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The Japanese Ambassador to India Yasukuni Enoki said that his country wants to expand co-operation in manufacturing technology, civil aviation, and people to people exchange and conclude the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement. Speaking at the Indo-Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Enoki said that these areas would be the "architecture" of future India-Japan collaboration and wanted to close this understanding when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visits Japan later this year.

Enoki conceded that his country was “not so optimistic that these negotiations will be easy” but said that it was important to reach an understanding quickly to bridge the 20% tariff gap in India with the 0% tariff of Japan. He also said Japan could allow Indian doctors, nurses, advocates, and engineers to Japan.

Bemoaning the crippling of traditionally strong Indian manufacturing practices by 2 centuries of colonization, Enoki said that India led the world in manufacturing, especially textiles in the 16th Century. He recounted that Japan still had a rich stock of Indian Muslin cloth.

However, Japan could work with India to bring its manufacturing technology to modern standards just as the partnership between the two nations in technology institutes and training of Indian workers in Japan has been progressing. Enoki cited a new program from Toyota to grant textbooks and other teaching material to select Indian engineering institutions teaching automotive technology.

He also said that “effective utilization of Overseas Development Assistance” so “massive co-operation for revving up India's manufacturing” to improve “manufacturing infrastructure.” Japan wanted to name 2007 as the year of friendship between the two nations and wanted to improve interactions between the peoples. As a first step, he wanted to raise the number of Indian tourists to Japan and wanted various airliners to explore direct flights to Japan. He conceded that his nation would have to ease visa procedures. Specifically, he wanted more Bollywood films shot in Japan.