Japan-India Relations

May 20, 2023
Two leaders who shake hands facing straight at a camera Japan-India Summit Meeting (Cabinet Public Affairs Office)
Two leaders who have a talk after having a seat at a table Japan-India Summit Meeting (Cabinet Public Affairs Office)

On May 20, commencing at 7:35 a.m. for approximately 40 minutes, Mr. KISHIDA Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan, held a Japan-India Summit Meeting with H.E. Mr. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, who was on his visit to Japan to attend the G7 Hiroshima Summit. The summary of the meeting is as follows.

  1. At the outset, Prime Minister Kishida welcomed the visit to Hiroshima by Prime Minister Modi, Chair of the G20 Summit, and reiterated his appreciation for the hospitality extended by Prime Minister Modi during his visit to India in March. Prime Minister Kishida also explained that a botanical garden in Hiroshima will grow the sapling of the Bodhi tree that Prime Minister Modi presented to him during his visit to India, wishing that the tree will grow large just like the Japan-India relations. In response, having expressed appreciation for the invitation to the G7 Summit, Prime Minister Modi conveyed his gratitude for growing the tree in Hiroshima, and stated that convening the G7 Summit in Hiroshima has great significance.
  2. Prime Minister Kishida outlined how the G7 Summit would proceed, and then emphasized the points such as the importance of upholding the principles of the UN Charter including sovereignty and territorial integrity, that unilateral change of the status quo by force must not be tolerated anywhere in the world, and the importance of maintaining a free and open international order based on the rule of law. Both leaders concurred to cooperate towards achieving peace. They also shared a recognition of the importance of a cooperation among wide range of partners in addressing the challenges facing the international community. The two leaders confirmed that both countries will continue to work closely together as the G7 and G20 Presidencies.
  3. The two leaders also discussed bilateral relations. They shared a recognition on the importance of a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific,” and confirmed to advance cooperation in various fields. The two leaders also agreed to make efforts to expand people-to-people exchanges through increasing the number of international students and the “Japan-India tourism exchange year” in 2023, among other measures.

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