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24th May, 2022 International Relations

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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s in his ongoing visit to Japan addressed and interacted with over 700 members of the Indian diaspora and also met Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awardees.


Highlights of the visit

  • Prime Minister met with Japanese Indologists, sportspersons, and cultural artists who are contributing to promoting cultural and people-to-people exchanges between India and Japan.
  • Prime Minister appreciated the Indian Community members for their skills, talent and entrepreneurship and they connect with the motherland.
  • Invoking Swami Vivekananda and Rabindra Nath Tagore, Prime Minister underlined the deep cultural ties that exist between India and Japan.
  • He also highlighted the various socio-economic developments and reform initiatives in India in recent years, particularly in the domains of infrastructure, governance, green growth, and the digital revolution.
  • He invited the Indian Community to join and take forward the campaign of ‘Bharat Chalo, Bharat se Judo’.



  • The friendship between India and Japan has a long history rooted in spiritual affinity and strong cultural and civilization ties dating back to the visit of Indian monk Bodhisena in 752 AD.
  • In contemporary times, prominent Indians associated with Japan were Swami Vivekananda, Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, entrepreneur JRD Tata, freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and Judge Radha Binod Pal.
  • India and Japan established diplomatic relations on 28 April 1952.
  • The visit to India of the Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori in 2000 led to a significant and qualitative shift in India-Japan relations with the establishment of the ‘Global Partnership’ between the two sides.
  • The year 2013 was a monumental year that saw the first-ever visit of then Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko (30 November-6 December 2013) to India.
  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s visit, for the 13th Annual Summit, to Japan on 28-29 October 2018 provided further impetus to bilateral ties, building upon the momentum created by his visits to Japan in 2014 and 2016 as well as the visits of PM Abe to India in 2015 and 2017.