Wednesday, October 25, 2006

India-Japan Relationship Milestones

Today I was reading some history and political relationship between India and Japan, from which I have compiled some information for my blog reader’s review. There were lots of them, including the World War II and other cultural issues and relationships. Same could be found on the internet search if you are more interested.

600AD - Exchange between Japan and India is said to have begun in the sixth century A.D., when Buddhism was introduced to Japan

1868-1912 - Direct exchange in the modern era, however, began only in the Meiji era (1868-1912), when Japan embarked on the process of modernization.

1949 - Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru donated two Indian elephants to the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo. This presentation was considered by Japanese people as a ray of light after World War II.

1952 - Japan and India signed a peace treaty and established diplomatic relations on 28th April, 1952

1958 - Japan started providing yen loans to India in 1958, as the first yen loan aid extended by Japanese government. ["There is a belief among Indians that the first person who does trade in a business house should be lucky and clean from sins. That makes business to do more profit on rest of days" -I remembered this belief when read Japanese first yen loan to India, as they are the most largest country providing loan to the world today]

1982 - License and Joint Venture agreement signed between Maruti Udyog Ltd. and Suzuki Motor Corporation of Japan. India's strong admiration for Japan's post-war economic reconstruction and subsequent rapid growth made Maruti-Suzuki in revolutionizing industrial technology and management concepts in the pre-economic reform India.

1986 - Japan has become India's largest aid donor, and remains the same till today.

1994 - The Japan Foundation opened an office in New Delhi that is actively engaged in cultural exchange since 1978

1998 - Indo-Japan relations plummeted after India's 1998 nuclear tests

2000 - The foundation for Japan and India for enhanced engagement for mutual benefit has been laid when Mr. Yoshiro Mori, the then Prime Minister of Japan and Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, the then Prime Minister of India agreed during the Japanese Prime Minister's landmark visit to India in August 2000 to establish the "Global Partnership in the 21st Century".

2005 - It was agreed during the visit of Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi in April 2005 that the two countries would further strengthen their cooperation and pursue an all round and comprehensive development of bilateral relations, with a particular and urgent focus on strengthening economic ties, through full utilization of the existing and potential complementarities in their economies.

Today - India is the Information Technology Giant where Japan stands on the peak of Hardware, both the countries relationship may turn a new era of economic development in the Asian region. Around 70 Indian IT companies have already established their offices in Japan; many IT professionals are still employed by Japanese companies’ everyday. I’m one among those who work in Japan from India.

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