New Delhi: A Japanese delegation led by the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Hiroshi Kajiyama met Minister of State (MoS) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Jitendra Singh, in New Delhi yesterday. Issues related to cooperation in the areas of nuclear energy, infrastructure and technology were discussed at the meeting.
Jitendra Singh said that, from the very beginning, India’s nuclear power program is devoted to peaceful purposes, mentioning the use of nuclear energy in energy, agriculture and medicine.
The Joint Working Group (JWG) meetings of March and September 2018 on the issue of Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act, 2010 (CLND) were also discussed, and the next meeting of JWG is proposed to be held in January 2020, the Singh said.
Singh spoke about the investment made by Japan in North East India, specially in the infrastructure, and mentioned the technological contribution made by Japan in the Bullet Train project in India.
Both countries have developed a special bond under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Singh said, observing that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be visiting India later this week.
Singh said the North East region of India has a special emotional significance for Japan, adding that it has a lot of potential for growth and industrialisation.
Singh reiterated Japan is one of India’s closest partners and the country attaches a high priority to its relationship with Japan, adding that the two countries will collaborate in a healthy and productive manner going forward.
Japanese Minister Hiroshi Kajiyama said both countries need to share each other’s experiences. The issue of human resources and related issues were also discussed. Both sides emphasised mutual cooperation for further development.