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EAM Sushma Swaraj to co-chair 9th India-Japan Strategic Dialogue

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will co-chair the strategic dialogue with her Japanese counterpart Taro Kono and review the entire gamut of bilateral ties. The 9th India-Japan Strategic Dialogue will take place today.

Upon her arrival in Tokyo, she was received by Indian Ambassador to Japan Sujan Chinoy and Ambassador Hideaki Hoshi of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

During her visit, the two sides will review all aspects of bilateral relations and exchange views on regional and international issues of common interest.

India and Japan concluded a Special Strategic and Global Partnership during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Japan in 2014.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had also visited India in September 2017. Bilateral relations have been strengthened in diverse sectors in recent years. India and Japan have a strong cooperation in the areas of nuclear energy, defence and science and technology.

Japan is today one of the largest investors in India, with a growing presence in infrastructure projects, manufacturing, financial markets and capacity-building, among others.

According to official figures, Japanese FDI in India during 2016-17 was 4.7 billion US dollars, an increase of 80 per cent over the last year.

Japan is today one of the largest investors in India, with a growing presence in infrastructure projects, manufacturing, financial markets and capacity-building, among others. According to official figures, Japanese FDI in India during 2016-17 was USD 4.7 billion, an increase of 80 per cent over the last year.

In 2016-17, India-Japan trade reached USD 13.61 billion, showing a decrease of 6.21 per cent over 2015-16, when the total bilateral trade was USD 14.51 billion.

India’s export to Japan for 2016-17 was USD 3.86 billion, whereas India’s import from the East Asian country for 2016-17 was USD 9.76 billion.

Earlier today, Sushma Swaraj addressed the Indian Community at Tokyo. She said that India Japan relations is of full cooperation and free from complexities. She gave the credit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japan PM Shinzo Abe’s friendship.

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