INDIA- JAPAN TIES
Indian prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh’s visit to Japan for annual summit of prime ministers on October 24-25, 2010 at invitation of Japanese prime minister of Naoto kan has resulted in a strong vibrant and multidimensional relationship between India and Japan. Both the countries decided to extend their cooperation to areas such as joint ventures in rare earth minerals ,some hitherto unexplored areas in defence and transport and industrial corridors in south India.
Prime ministers of both the countries resolved to continue the talks on civil nuclear agreement. They instructed officials to assure the smooth implementation of comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) And accelerate discussion on the reform of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), to which both the countries are aspirants as permanent members
Manmahan Singh and Naoto Kan discussed the need for open and transparent dialogue with China. They argued that engaging China in more productive dialogue and developing structures of cooperation is the way forward. It requires deep analysis, close engagement and lots of patience. The reality is that both will have to develop in-depth ties with China.
The two countries signed a memorandum of understanding on simplifying visa procedures that would supplement the CEPA by catering for India’s area of strength in pharmaceuticals, healthcare personnel and information technology. In MoU there are many measures related to business visas in India and temporary visitor’s visa for business men in Japan. Under the memorandum, any Japanese coming to India for business or work will be straight way granted three year visa and similar procedure will be followed by Japan.
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The memorandum will also pave way for more education community with the visa procedures being simplified for students seeking to pursue course in other country .