PM Modi on Tokyo visit for Quad summit lauds bilateral ties in Japanese oped
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has penned an op-ed in a major Japanese newspaper, highlighting the importance of India’s relationship with Japan.
In the midst of his visit to Tokyo, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote an op-ed for the Yomiuri Shimbun, one of the five major newspapers of Japan. The op-ed, which highlights India-Japan relationship, was published on Monday, May 23.
Taking to Twitter, PM Modi shared the article that was also published on the newspaper’s website: “Penned an op-ed on the vibrant relations between India and Japan. Ours is a partnership for peace, stability and prosperity. I trace the journey of our special friendship which completes 70 glorious years.”
In the article, PM Modi described India-Japan ties as “special, strategic, and global”. He said: “Cultural ties (between the two countries) go back centuries. A strong belief in sharing the values of democracy, freedom and rule-based international order, as well as the alignment of regional and global perspectives, underlies trust and the relationship between India and Japan as a genuine partner.”
“From Bodhisena (an Indian monk who spread Buddhism in Japan during the Nara period) to Swami Vivekananda (a great religious leader in India), the cultural ties between the two countries are mutual. They have a long and rich history of respect and learning,” he wrote.
PM Modi said that his conviction in this partnership began when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat. He hailed the sophistication of Japanese technology and skills and also recalled his long-term involvement in Japanese leadership and business.
He wrote that Japan has now become a preferred partner in the industrial sector in Gujarat. It has also shown its most outstanding presence since the start of the investment-attraction event —Vibrant Gujarat.
“Japan has also proved that India is an irreplaceable collaborator in the process of promoting development and modernization. From the automobile industry to the industrial corridor, Japan’s investment and development support extends throughout 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 time in India-Japan relations is yet to come.