At the turn of the 20th century, British India was home to about 3,000 Japanese expatriates, and Bombay and its presidency had well-established trade ties with Imperial Japan – until the Second World War brought it all to an end. The city never regained its substantial Japanese resident population, but the few monuments that remain point to rich political and religious linkages
Gateway House spoke to Toshinori Doi, President, Policy Research Institute, Japan, on the sidelines of the Gateway of India Geoeconomic Dialogue, on the risks associated with digitising finance, the Belt and Road Initiative and dealing with Chinese market dominance
The Indo-Pacific region is home to some of the largest and most rapidly growing economies as also powerful military forces. Nuclear threats, international terrorism and climate change are some of the issues that define the region. Uncertainty dogs relations among the four nations in the top league—U.S., China, India and Japan—but what is emerging is a hawkish, policy stance from the U.S. as opposed to an isolationist outlook apprehended earlier
During Japanese PM Shinzo Abe’s recent visit to India, both countries made important progress in strengthening their security engagement focused on maritime security, defence purchases and counter-terrorism. Nonetheless, Indian policymakers are conscious of regional concerns about Japan’s renewed nationalism and of balancing this relationship with that of China
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s forthcoming visit to Japan is of considerable significance at a time when the bilateral relationship looks ready to take off. The rise of China, a growing Indian market for Japanese technology and a possible landmark nuclear deal have raised expectations of the outcome of this visit
The ongoing visit to India by Emperor Akihito of Japan is a strategic milestone that can have long-term implications for the bilateral economic relationship and geopolitical engagement in a rapidly-changing Asia. Both countries must now work to sustain this momentum
The India-Japan alliance needs to be viewed through a prism broader than that of "containing" China, and by treating the Indian and Pacific oceans as a single entity. Such an alliance has the potential to strengthen the geopolitical security of India and Japan, along with that of all their allies and associates
After winning control of the legislature on July 21, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has plans to alter the Constitution. In ways that could lead to a rearmed Japan, with a large defence force. What will be the consequences of this new face of Japan?
Many parts of Asia lack adequate infrastructure and skilled human resources, but have potential for rapid growth. Sanjeev Sinha blogs about how Japan and India can collaborate to develop a model – where Tokyo pools in technology and capital, and India manages human resources – to generate growth in Asia.
While the recent India-Japan Joint Statement contains significant breakthroughs, the China-Pakistan Joint Statement reveals the absence of warmth between India and China. With the current flurry of bilateral exchanges, India is fine-tuning its approach to emerging regional realities, as are others.