New Delhi: A Japanese delegation led by the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Mr Hiroshi Kajiyama metMinister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space,Dr Jitendra Singh, here today.
During the meeting, various issues related to cooperation in the areas of nuclear energy, infrastructure and technology were discussed. Dr Jitendra Singh said that, from the very beginning, India’s nuclear power programme is devoted to peaceful purposes. He mentioned about use of nuclear energy in the fields of energy, agriculture and medicine. During the meeting, the Joint Working Group (JWG) meetings of March and September 2018 on the issue of Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act, 2010 (CLND)were also mentioned. The next meeting of JWG is proposed to be held in January 2020, the Minister said.
Dr Singh spoke about the investment made by Japan in North East India, specially in the infrastructure. He also mentioned about the technological contribution made by Japan in the Bullet train project in India. Both the countries have developed special bonding under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the Minister said. He further said that Japanese Prime Minister Mr Shinzo Abe will be visiting India later this week, adding that North East region has a special emotional significance for Japan. The region has a lot of potential for growth and industrialisation, the Minister added. Dr Jitendra Singh said that Japan is one of the closest partners and India attaches high priority to its relationship with Japan. India and Japan are going to collaborate in a healthy and productive manner, the Minister said.
Japanese Minister Mr Hiroshi Kajiyama said that both countries need to share each other’s experiences. The issue of human resources and related issues were also discussed. Both sides emphasised on mutual cooperation for further development.