KOCHI: Japan is on the lookout for engineers for its expanding projects in information technology. Though knowledge of Japanese language would be required for IT engineers, it can be learned easily and would not pose a major problem, said Yasukuni Enoki, Japanese Ambassador to India. He was addressing a press conference organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry here on Thursday.
Mr. Enoki said though bilateral trade between the two countries was increasing, it had not reached a satisfactory level. Negotiations were on for a comprehensive economic partnership between the two countries. Japan was looking towards a zero tariff trade regime.
Japanese investors consider China as the most attractive destination for investment. India is in second place now. As the Chinese market is facing saturation, it is likely that India will get more focus. The Japanese have a new option as India has a huge market. He observed that India was rising in popularity charts.
Japan was keen on promoting tourism. About one lakh Japanese tourists visit India every year, but only half of that number of Indian tourists visited Japan. He said there was scope for a manifold increase in tourist traffic. India would have to undertake publicity to attract more tourists. Ayurveda also needs promotion, he said.
Japan was interested in increasing the number of flights to India. Kerala was also a probable destination for the Japanese tourist, he said.
Explaining the investment strategy, he said the political stability in India had been one of the important factors attracting investors. Japan had identified Greater Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai as business centres for investment. As suitable land was not available at these centres for future projects, Japan was planning to launch some investment projects in Rajasthan, he said. The Japanese investors were enthusiastic about the Delhi-Mumbai freight corridor.
The Maruti cars being manufactured in India would also be exported to various countries, he said.
India had occupied the top slot in getting Japanese assistance for various projects.