The visit of Japan’s Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko to India is important (Dec. 1). Strained relations between India and China, and recent tensions between Tokyo and Beijing have vast implications for this part of the world. India should look to strengthening the comprehensive agreement it signed with Japan a couple of years ago. Economically and industrially, the way India and Japan complement each other should give a fillip to the visit.
Japan is India’s natural ally, and a strong economic and strategic relationship with Japan will be in India’s interests. India can aim to play a strategic role in the Asia-Pacific region and develop its technological and defence requirements with Japanese help.