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Modi, Abe, India, Japan, Indo-Pacific

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Nuclear Security Summit in April 2016

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The Indo-Pacific region: Converging India and Japan interests

Indo-Japanese relations constitute one of the most rapidly expanding bilateral relations in Asia. The shared values between these two countries have led to a special strategic and global partnership. Diverging from the traditional economic nature of their relationship, the two countries are now collaborating on the strategic front, thereby actively contributing to regional stability, maritime security, counterterrorism, nuclear disarmament and energy cooperation. Both India and Japan have high stakes in the Indo-Pacific region. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s recent statement — Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy — embodies the convergent economic and strategic imperatives for both Japan and India to maintain peace and stability in the region.

The key issues that will be discussed include geostrategy, maritime security and economic cooperation and connectivity in the Indo-Pacific region.

Read the programme here.


Abhijit Singh, Senior Fellow, ORF

Arvind Gupta, Deputy National Security Advisor, Government of India

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera, Director General, Institute of National Security Studies (INSSSL), Sri Lanka

Amb. Bilahari Kausikan, Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore

David Brewster, Senior Research Fellow, Australia National University, Australia

Elichi Katahara, Professor and Director of International Exchange and Libraries, (NIDS), Ministry of Defence, Japan

Amb. Kenji Hiramatsu, Embassy of Japan, New Delhi

K.V. Kesavan, Distinguished Fellow, ORF

Kiran Rijiju, Minister of State for Home Affairs, Government of India

Prabir De, Professor, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), New Delhi

Renato Cruz De Castro, Professor, De La Salle University, Philippines

Takashi Terada, Professor, Doshisha University, Japan

Yoichiro Sato, Dean, International Cooperation and Research, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan

The timing of the event is from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Leela Palace, New Delhi