The sky is the limit in the India-Japan relationship, a senior Japanese official said on Monday, pinning high hopes on the cooperation between the two nations, particularly in the fields of nuclear energy and defence.
"Japan and India can strengthen their relationship in the realms of foreign policy, economy and regional security in the Indo-Pacific. "The two countries should collaborate on development cooperation in African nations. Strengthening the defence architecture and nuclear energy are other areas of convergence," Tomohiko Taniguchi, Special Advisor to the Cabinet of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.
Addressing a seminar "India's Japan Moment: Leaders Must Capitalise" from Tokyo through videoconferencing, he said, "This is also Japan's India moment. India holds a special place in Prime Minister Abe's mind."
Speaking ahead of the expected Japan visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said, "Sky is the limit for the Delhi-Tokyo relationship. India has to be a part of Japan's new narrative in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics." He added that since both are mature democracies, it was easier to adhere to international laws. Taniguchi said that it was not only India's Japan moment, but also Japan's India moment.
The Japanese PM's special advisor added that leaders of both the countries are big names in the international community, but cooperation between the two would make it bigger. Initiatives like East Asia Summit, of which India and Japan are members, have to grow. "Modi and Abe are big leaders (internationally). But together they can grow higher," he said.