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EAM Sushma Swaraj attends 9th India-Japan Strategic Dialogue in Tokyo

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj attended the 9th India-Japan Strategic Dialogue in Tokyo. After holding the strategic dialogue Sushma Swaraj said that Japan is welcome to join hands in India's flagship projects like smart cities.

She asserted that there is need to act tough on terrorism and terror financiers.

India and Japan concluded a Special Strategic and Global Partnership during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Japan in 2014.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had also visited India in September 2017. Bilateral relations have been strengthened in diverse sectors in recent years. India and Japan have a strong cooperation in the areas of nuclear energy, defence and science and technology.

Japan is today one of the largest investors in India, with a growing presence in infrastructure projects, manufacturing, financial markets and capacity-building, among others.

According to official figures, Japanese FDI in India during 2016-17 was 4.7 billion US dollars, an increase of 80 per cent over the last year.

In 2016-17, India-Japan trade reached USD 13.61 billion, showing a decrease of 6.21 per cent over 2015-16, when the total bilateral trade was USD 14.51 billion.

India’s export to Japan for 2016-17 was USD 3.86 billion, whereas India’s import from the East Asian country for 2016-17 was USD 9.76 billion.

Earlier on 30 March 2018, Sushma Swaraj addressed the Indian Community at Tokyo. She said that India Japan relations is of full cooperation and free from complexities. She gave the credit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japan PM Shinzo Abe's friendship.

The External affairs Minister called on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on the same day.

Swaraj, who is on a three-day tour to Japan, conveyed the greetings of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to PM Abe.

The MEA in a tweet said, the Japanese PM said that traditional friendship between India and Japan are characterised by heart-to-heart bonds and blessed with a huge potential for growth.

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