Midway through his visit to Tokyo, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote an op-ed for the Yomiuri Shimbun, one of Japan’s five major newspapers. The editorial, which sheds light on Indo-Japanese relations, was published on Monday, May 23.
Taking to Twitter, Prime Minister Modi shared the article which was also posted on the newspaper’s website: “Wrote an op-ed on the dynamic relations between India and Japan. Our partnership is a partnership for peace, stability and prosperity. I retrace the course of our special friendship which completes 70 glorious years.
Wrote an op-ed on the dynamic relations between India and Japan. Our partnership is a partnership for peace, stability and prosperity. I trace the course of our special friendship which completes 70 glorious years. @Yomiuri_Online https://t.co/nXx8y3qiQL
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 23, 2022
In the article, Prime Minister Modi described India-Japan relations as “special, strategic and global”. He said: “The cultural ties (between the two countries) go back centuries. A strong belief in the shared values of democracy, freedom and a rules-based international order, as well as the alignment of regional and global perspectives, underpins the trust and relationship between India and Japan. as a true partner.
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“From Bodhisena (an Indian monk who spread Buddhism to Japan during the Nara period) to Swami Vivekananda (a great religious leader in India), the cultural ties between the two countries are reciprocal. They have a long and rich history of respect and learning,” he wrote.
Prime Minister Modi said his belief in this partnership started when he was Chief Minister of Gujarat. He praised the sophistication of Japanese technology and skills and also recalled his long-term involvement in Japanese leadership and business.
He writes that Japan has now become a privileged partner in Gujarat’s industrial sector. It also showed its most notable presence since the start of the investment attraction event -Vibrant Gujarat.
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“Japan has also proven that India is an irreplaceable collaborator in the process of promoting development and modernization. From the automotive industry to the industrial corridor, Japan’s investment and development assistance extends across India. The high-speed rail project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad symbolizes Japan’s broad cooperation in the most important efforts towards a new India,” he wrote.
He added that the best moment in Indo-Japanese relations is yet to come.
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