Japan’s PM Fumio Kishida’s Visit to India will Furthermore Strengthen the Relationship between the Two Countries


On Monday, 20th March 2023, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida of Japan will travel to New Delhi to attend the annual India-Japan Summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

New Delhi: The Special Strategic and Global Partnership between India and Japan will be further enhanced during the two-day visit of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to India from Monday. He will hold important discussions with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on various aspects of bilateral and regional cooperation. He will also deliver the 41st Sapru House Lecture on his vision of the Indo-Pacific region, a key area of convergence and collaboration between the two countries.

Another highlight of his visit will be his homage to the Bodhi Tree at the Buddha Jayanti Park in Delhi. This tree is a symbol of the shared Buddhist heritage and cultural ties between India and Japan. It is a descendant of the original tree in Bodh Gaya, where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. The sapling was brought from Sri Lanka, where it was planted by King Asoka’s daughter Sanghamitra in 288 BC. She had carried a branch of the original tree with her as a sacred gift to the island nation. The Bodhi Tree in Delhi was planted in 1964 by India’s then-prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, who received it from Sri Lanka’s then-prime minister Sirimavo Bandarnaike.

India and Japan have developed a close and comprehensive partnership over the years, covering various domains such as defence and security, trade and investment, S&T, education, healthcare, and critical and emerging technologies. They hold regular Summits and 2+2 Foreign and Defence Ministerial Meetings to review and advance their cooperation for mutual benefit and regional stability.

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