Quad can promote Indo-Pacific vision, says Japanese ambassador ahead of PM Modi's visit to Japan

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 25, 2018, 10.23 AM(IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

File photo of PM Modi and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe. Photograph:( Others )

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Our Principal Diplomatic correspondent Siddhant Sibal spoke to Japanese ambassador Kenji Hiramatsu ahead of the visit on several issues. Japan's ambassador said connectivity and security cooperation will top the agenda. On the four-nation Quad- US, Japan, India and Australia, he was hopeful it will play 'important role' in the future. 

 

 

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Japan on October 28 for the 13th India-Japan Annual Summit. This will be the fifth Annual Summit meeting between PM Modi and the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and also their twelfth meeting since 2014.

Our Principal Diplomatic correspondent Sidhant Sibal spoke to Japanese ambassador Kenji Hiramatsu ahead of the visit on several issues. Japan's ambassador said connectivity and security cooperation will top the agenda. On the four-nation Quad - US, Japan, India and Australia, he was hopeful it will play "important role" in the future. 

WION: How do you see India Japan ties?

Japanese ambassador Kenji Hiramatsu: It is excellent. You see, a lot of our joint projects are going on-- Not only economic and investment but also we see a lot of progress in terms of security and political field.

WION: Key outcomes of PM Modi's Japan visit?

Japanese ambassador Kenji Hiramatsu: So many issues. Can't identify a couple of issues. But I hope in terms of security cooperation would like to see some concrete outcomes from the two leaders discussions. Would like to see connectivity infrastructure agenda which would come out from two leaders discussions. So, among many other issues, these two issues have special attention. 

WION: Japan has connectivity plans in India's northeast. How much connectivity will be in focus?

Kenji Hiramatsu:  North East is very important for connectivity between India and neighbouring countries. But we would like to see more cooperation between neighbouring countries together with India. In countries like Bangladesh would like to see some concrete infrastructure project implement together by Japan and India.

WION: How do you see Quad's role in Asia? There has been some scepticism regarding the quad?

Kenji Hiramatsu: Some misunderstandings about the Quad. Quad is one of the several mechanisms to promote the Indo-Pacific vision. It was revived last year. This is gradually growing. We are sharing the same values and we hope in the future it will play a very important role. But at the same time would like to attach other format mechanisms to promote the same goals. This is one of the several mechanisms to achieve peace and stable Indo-Pacific region. 

WION: What would you like to say on the bullet train? Issues have been on land acquisition.

Kenji Hiramatsu: It's a symbolic project. So very confident that under the strong leadership and guidance by the two prime ministers this project will be completed on schedule.

We continue to support the project. With regard to land acquisition, this is a very important aspect of any kind of infrastructure project. The Japanese and Indian team have been working very closely. I observe they have established a relationship of mutual trust. So I have 100 per cent to our Indian team dealing with high-speed railway project including land acquisition. So I am hoping that the Indian government, state government and the national high-speed rail corporation will find a way to ensure land acquisition in a mutually satisfactory manner.