Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that India and Japan are natural partners and share a relationship based on spirituality and cooperation, and that Japanese are playing an important role in the country’s infrastructure and development initiatives.
Modi was addressing a gathering of more than 700 Indian immigrants in Tokyo on the first day of a two-day visit to Japan to attend the Quad Leaders Summit. Prior to the event, she met with Japanese Indians, athletes and cultural artists to contribute to promoting cultural and people-to-people exchanges between the two countries.
Modi said Japan played a key role in India’s development journey. “Our relationship with Japan is spirituality and cooperation.”
Speaking in Hindi, he said Japan is a key partner in India’s infrastructure and development initiatives. “It could be the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed train, the Delhi-Mumbai industrial corridor or the dedicated freight corridor. These are all great examples of India-Japan cooperation,” he said.
Modi noted that India’s relationship with Japan is strong and respectful and focused on Buddha, Knowledge and Meditation. “More than ever, the world needs to follow the path that Buddha has shown,” he said. “It is the way to save humanity from all the challenges facing the world today, be it violence, anarchy, terrorism or climate change.”
Modi lauded the skills, talent and entrepreneurship shown by the Indian community in Japan and his connection with his home country. Inviting Swami Vivekananda and Rabindranath Tagore, he said the duo had talked about deep cultural ties between India and Japan. Tagore praised Japan as modern and ancient at the same time.
Modi said that in line with the teachings of the Buddha, India is serving humanity and looking for solutions to global challenges such as the Kovid-19 epidemic, the biggest crisis the world has faced in 100 years. He highlighted the socio-economic development and reform initiatives undertaken by India in recent years, particularly infrastructure, governance, green development and the digital revolution.
“India is recognized as a strong, resilient and responsible democracy. Over the last eight years, it has been a medium of positive change in people’s lives, ”he said. He said that the people-led government has improved the delivery of services and increased the trust of the people in a democracy.
Modi said the Government of India is now looking at ways to combat climate change including green mobility and the green hydrogen mission and plans to generate 50% of its electricity from non-fossil fuel sources by the end of the current decade. He said the goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2070 and the leadership of the International Solar Alliance is a testament to India’s seriousness on the future of green.
At the same time, self-sufficient India is a source of stable and reliable global supply chains, he said.