There is immense job potential for the youth of Vellore and nearby districts from Japanese companies with the possibility of increased Japanese investment in the next 10 years in the Chennai-Bangalore industrial corridor, thanks to the improvement of the highway and the likely operation of bullet trains, with Japanese cooperation, between Chennai and Bangalore, according to Takayuki Kilagawa, Acting Consul General of Japan.

He was inaugurating a Japanese Language Programme at the Garden of Peace Primary School in Kurumbapalayam village near Kaniyambadi near here on Thursday.

Mr. Kilagawa said the visit of Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to India in December last had given a greater momentum to the relationship between the countries.

In the joint statement by the Prime Ministers of Japan and India, there was a focus on the importance of infrastructure development in South India, particularly, the areas between Chennai and Bangalore Industrial Corridor. They also decided to strengthen efforts to improve ports, industrial parks and the surrounding facilities in Ennore, Chennai and adjoining areas, he said.

In 10 years, the Chennai and Bangalore Industrial Corridor, Freight Corridor and bullet train service between Chennai and Bangalore might be established. “This will attract more and more Japanese investment along the improved highways and railways, and develop job opportunities in and around this area. If you continue to learn Japanese language skills, after 10 years, tremendous job opportunities may emerge in this area, and you may become strong candidates to grab these opportunities,” he said.

Mr. Kilagawa said the Garden of Peace Primary School is doing dedicated service in the field of education for the poor children from socially and economically marginalised families, with emphasis on girls' education. As part of this initiative, the school has launched the Basic Japanese Language Programme, under the Global Language Programme, as a first step in the direction of encouraging and empowering the rural children.