Staff Reporter

Perception of India has changed: Yasukuni Enoki

  • "India clearly positioned in our Asian diplomacy"
  • Considerable scope for improving tourism

    CHENNAI: Japan's perception of India has undergone a significant change in recent years from that of a local power to a country it could partner globally, Japanese Ambassador Yasukuni Enoki said here on Monday.

    Given the potential to improve the ties, Japanese Embassy is keen on making the proposed visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Japan this year-end. Mr. Enoki was speaking on `future perspective of Japan-India relations' at a meeting organised by Indo-Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

    Claiming that the Japanese Prime Minister's visit to India last year contributed immensely to strengthening of the ties, the Ambassador said: "India is very clearly positioned in our Asian diplomacy."

    Japan was trying to support the case of India in various forums, including its inclusion in the U.N. Security Council, East Asia summit and the ASEAN community, he said.

    Initiatives, he said, would be taken to make Dr. Singh's visit contribute towards a long lasting partnership, indications of which were visible from the growing interest of Japanese investors and business in India and the increase in the number of visits by Indian ministers to Japan. "There is a rush of Cabinet Ministers [from India] ... we welcome this," Mr. Enoki said. On the economic ties, the Ambassador said though Japan was ranked third in the list of countries with highest new foreign direct investments in India, its investments would be much more if the re-investment by the existing Japanese companies was also taken into account. Chamber president R. Veeramani and the secretary-general N. Krishnaswami called for more Japanese investment in south India. Japanese Consul General in Chennai Yoshiaki Kodaki was present.