India and Japan share important heritage of Buddhism

Kiren Rijiju
Kiren Rijiju

The Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju has said that India and Japan share an important heritage of Buddhism and value of rule of law unite both countries. He was addressing a Japanese Parliamentary delegation under the leadership of Mr. Makoto Oniki, Member of Diet (Japanese House of Representatives) called on the Minister of State for Home Affairs.

Shri Kiren Rijiju recalled the visit of Japanese Prime Minister, Mr. Shinzo Abe to India and his address to the Indian Parliament. He also recalled the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi’s visit to Japan and the way it was received overwhelmingly by Japan. He mentioned the Japan Investment Promotion Partnership and Japan’s intention to invest 3.5 trillion dollars in five years time in India has given a significant step to further the relationship between the two countries and win over the people of India’s love and respect to the people of Japan.

The MoS Home said that since India and Japan are traditional and strategic friends and thanked Japanese Overseas Development Agency which has contributed immensely in economical and technological sector in India. He hoped that there will be lot of further cooperation from Japan in two important flagship programmes in India, i.e. ‘Make in India’ and ‘Digital India’. He welcomed the decision of Japan’s Science and Technology Department to set up a liaison office in Delhi and India look forward to move ahead, he added.

Shri Kiren Rijiju said that without India and Japan as permanent members, the United Nations Security Council is not complete. As Japan being one of the oldest civilizations of the world and India being the largest democracy in the world, both deserve to be the permanent members of the Security Council along with Germany and Brazil. Now Japan and India are on a common platform to secure the rightful place in the United Nations, he added. The MoS Home recalled that India has organized an important gathering on shared values of Budhism and Hinduism in Delhi and at Bodh Gaya where Japan Foundation and Vivekananda International Foundation were partner, and the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has attended the both programmes. Now he is looking forward to visit Japan in January, 2016 to participate in a next programme to be organized in Japan.

On the matters regarding Cyber Security, the MoS Home said that India is facing a major challenge and India is prone to ill-design of threat due to its complex structure and the geographical location, and it has to be very strong and alert in that front. The Ministry of Home Affairs is working to revamp Cyber Security in the country.

Shri Kiren Rijiju said that as India and Japan share a rich spiritual relation, and said that the younger generation should understand the strong foundation of both countries, and wished they visit Japan to know their rich cultural heritage.

While addressing, the Member of Diet, Japan, Mr. Makoto Oniki said that the delegates are four young parliamentarians and members of Forward Policy Study Unit. He recalled India Japan Global Partnership came in to shape in 2000, and expecting much bigger pact and renamed as Indo-Japan Special Strategic Global Partnership. He further said that India and Japan are members of G4 and expect to take some important reforms. Japan is looking forward to have much stronger and spiritual relationship with India, he added. wishes the very best.