Japan-India Summit Meeting (Overview)
November 20, 2012
(Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office)
1. Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda held a meeting with H.E. Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India, on Tuesday, November 20, during his visit to Cambodia to attend the ASEAN-related Summit Meetings. The overview of the meeting is as follows:
- (1) Prime Minister Noda stated that he was delighted that the relations between Japan and India have been expanding and developing based on their "Strategic and Global Partnership." In response, Prime Minister Singh made similar remarks on the development of the bilateral relations. The two Prime Ministers agreed to further strengthen their cooperation in areas of political affairs and security, economy, as well as people-to-people and academic exchanges.
- (2) In the political affairs and security area, the two Prime Ministers agreed to further strengthen the relations between the Coast Guards of both countries as well as the relations between Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force and the Indian Navy.
- (3) In the economic area, the two Prime Ministers welcomed the signing of the Agreement between Japan and India on Social Security and the memorandum between the authorities of the two countries on cooperation in the rare earth industry in India. With regard to high-speed railway in India, the two Prime Ministers agreed to pursue more detailed consultations, with the introduction of Japan's Shinkansen system in mind.
- (4) With regard to ODA, Prime Minister Noda stated that Japan had decided to extend loans totaling 184.810 billion yen to two projects, namely, “Dedicated Freight Corridor Project (Phase 2) (II)” and “Chennai Metro Rail Project (III).” In response, Prime Minister Singh expressed his profound appreciation.
- (5) Concerning infrastructure development, the two Prime Ministers agreed to continue to cooperate for the concrete progress of infrastructure projects, including the “Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor” and Infrastructure Development in the southern region of India. In this regard, Prime Minister Noda expressed Japan’s expectations that India make further efforts to improve the investment and business environment, including relaxation of financial regulations.
- (6) On civil nuclear cooperation, Prime Minister Singh expressed hope for sharing in Japanese nuclear technology and experience, including nuclear safety. In response, Prime Minister Noda stated that Japan wished to advance consultations in a productive and cooperative manner so that both sides may reach a mutually satisfactory agreement.
2. The two Prime Ministers also exchanged views on the international affairs during the gala dinner hosted by H.E. Mr. Hun Sen, the Prime Minister of Kingdom of Cambodia, on November 19, where the two Prime Ministers sat next to each other. The outline is as follows:
- (1) Prime Minister Noda explained Japan's position concerning relations with China, saying that the relationship between the two countries was one of the most important bilateral relationships for Japan, that despite the difficult present situation involving the two countries, Japan had consistently acted calmly from the beginning, and that as a responsible country in the Asia-Pacific region, it would continue contributing to regional peace and prosperity.
- (2) Concerning the East Asia Summit (EAS), Prime Minister Noda mentioned that it was important to further promote regional growth by connecting ASEAN and India more closely. In response, Prime Minister Singh expressed gratitude for Japan’s efforts to make India a closer country to East Asia.