*Representational Picture credit: indiaspend.com

The relationship between Jharkhand & Japan has been long established through business collaborations. The Japanese business giants e.g. Nippon Steel, Tata Hitachi, and Kyocera CTC etc. in collaboration with their Indian counterpart have been operating since long in the state. In the early 2017, the relationship was formalised through acceptance of Japan as the Partner country to Jharkhand’s Maiden Global Investor summit. Since then the relationship between Japan & Jharkhand is growing by leaps and bounds through discussions on cooperation in business as well as cultural exchange.

In early part of last month a chief ministerial delegation visited Japan and held meetings in Tokyo and Osaka. The delegation successfully deliberated with Japanese Industrial fraternity in verticals of mutual interest pertaining to Food, ESDM, Pharmaceuticals, Urban Development and Infrastructure etc. During the tour, the Government of Jharkhand received assurance for support from Japanese industrial federation and financial institutions e.g.  JETRO, JICA, METI, JCCI, OCCI etc.

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The initiatives were furthered by Sunil Kumar Barnwal, Secretary to Chief Minister and Secretary Industries, Mining & Geology holding meetings with key decision makers and influencers of Japanese investment in India. The official delegation met Japanese Ambassador H.E. Kenji Hiramatsu at the Japanese Embassy, Kazuya Nakajo, Chief Director General – Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) at JETRO, New Delhi office and Masahiro Narikiyo, President of Japan Chamber of Commerce & Industry in India (JCCII) in last week of October. The Govt. of Jharkhand has requested Japanese embassy for support in encouraging & ensuring participation of Japanese companies & industry associations during Jharkhand session scheduled on 3rd November 2017 at 4:30 PM at WFI’2017, New Delhi.

The Japanese embassy hosted dinner for the delegation led by Chief Secretary Rajbala Verma on the eve of WFI 2017. It is noteworthy that Jharkhand is participating in World Food India 2017 as a Partner State and Japan is a Partner Country for this event, which is scheduled to be held between 3rd to 5th November in New Delhi. In a meeting at Japanese Embassy over the dinner, the official delegation from Jharkhand discussed with H.E. Kenji Hiramatsu on various aspects of collaboration between Govt. of Jharkhand and Japan for this event. H.E. Kenji Hiramatsu assured that all possible support would be provided by Japanese Embassy to the Govt. of Jharkhand for this event.

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