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India is incomplete without Japan. Japan is incomplete without India: Modi

Tokyo: Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, has urged the Japanese business community to resolve to "Make in India" and assured them that they will receive a conducive business environment in India. Delivering the keynote address at an event hosted by Nikkei Inc. and Japan External Trade Organization, the Prime Minister said that if we can replicate in India the work culture, governance, efficiency and discipline that exists in Japan, Japanese business will feel comfortable in doing business in India. will feel comfortable in India. Stating that huge possibilities for cooperation existed between the two countries, the Prime Minister said India wants to give an environment to Japanese business to make in India, whatever they wished to supply to the world. He highlighted the possibilities of low-cost manufacturing, skilled manpower and ease of doing business that existed in India. He said that within the first 100 days itself, his Government had moved to cut red tape and ease restrictions for doing business. He said wherever in the world Japanese business wanted to sell, India was the best location to manufacture. Talking about India`s leadership in software, and Japan`s leadership in hardware, the Prime Minister highlighted that both were incomplete without each other. "India is incomplete without Japan. Japan is incomplete without India," the Prime Minister said. Giving some more examples of the huge potential for business in India, the Prime Minister said 50 cities were in the queue for metro trains, and a huge demand existed for electronic goods. Nowhere else in the world will you find the combination of democracy, demographics and demand, that exists in India, the Prime Minister said. He also spoke of emerging possibilities due to the Digital India mission and a thrust on solar energy. PM’s remarks at the Indian Community Reception in Tokyo The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, addressed the Indian Community in Japan today, at a reception in Tokyo. He described the visit to Japan as successful, highlighting the investment of 3.5 trillion yen that Japan has committed. He also referred to the lifting of sanctions on six Indian companies, and said this was possible only because the relationship between the two countries was based on the strong bond of trust. The Prime Minister also expressed satisfaction over the signing of the Varanasi-Kyoto Partner City MoU, and said he hoped Varanasi could emerge as a modern heritage city like Kyoto.  The Prime Minister mentioned that he had gifted the Bhagavad Gita to both the Japanese Emperor Akihito, and the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Mentioning his vision of Swachh Bharat by 2019, the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Prime Minister urged each family of the Indian community in Japan to motivate five Japanese families to visit India each year. The Prime Minister said the 21st century would certainly be Asia’s century, but what shape it would take, would depend on how the relationship between India and Japan evolves, what values it promotes, and what direction it takes the world in. He urged the Indian community in Japan to appreciate their importance in this context. PM with Kids In response to a question on whether there is a contradiction between nationalism and globalization, the Prime Minister gave the example of Lord Buddha to say that one`s identity can be retained while globalizing. He said that India believes in the concept of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, the whole world as one family, and therefore he saw no contradiction between globalization and nationalism.

About Sanjay Trivedi

Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He also served as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University.

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