Mr Kenji Hiramatsu, the ambassador of Japan to India, today emphasised the need to take forward the effort to build and strengthen better business links between India and Japan at an interactive session at Bengal Chamber. In his key note address at the session on ‘Japan-India : Areas of Cooperation, Mr Kenji said that the Japanese companies operating in India were being given incentives in the northern states and such incentives from the West Bengal government could encourage more companies here.

He spoke about a new momentum added to the economic partnership between India and Japan. He talked about shared security and defence cooperation rapidly catching up with the already robust economic partnership. He said Japanese and Indian joint collaboration in West Bengal focuses on skilling, waste management and SME sector. Japan was looking for more support to establish business to business connects and open 1000 Japanese language centres in India in next five years where trained teachers would be provided from Japan that would increase Indian employment in Japanese companies.

Japan is already working on infra projects jointly with India in Bangladesh and was very keen to continue this since West Bengal is the gateway to other eastern states and South East Asia. Indrajit Sen, president of the Bengal Chamber said, “The Bengal Chamber works very closely with the Japanese Embassy, Consulate in Kolkata and JETRO to make enhanced connect between businesses of West Bengal and Japan.

The Japanese Embassy in India would also be making a presentation on Japan called ‘Blue Sky Initiative’ in the Bengal Chamber’s 12th edition of its Annual Environment and Energy Conclave to be held on 29 August, 2019.” The Japanese group will meet Mayor Firhad Hakim at the conclave. Masayuki Taga, consul general of Japan in Kolkata, was also present at the function.