Spanning seven decades, the diplomatic relations between India and Japan offer an extraordinary narrative of mutual respect, strategic alignment, and robust cooperation. This relationship has evolved from strong cultural and civilizational linkages to a global partnership. The ties have broadened to include significant developments in defence and security, economic modernization, infrastructure projects and regional cooperation in the Indo-Pacific. Withstanding the test of time, the India-Japan relationship stands as a beacon of stability, security, and prosperity in an uncertain world, offering promising prospects for the future.
The journey of this enduring relationship is eloquently captured in the book, “India-Japan Seventy Years of Diplomatic Relations: Reflections and the Way Forward”. Based on a conference organized by the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) on May 19, 2022, this book represents a comprehensive account of the diplomatic ties between the two nations. Attended by renowned scholars and policymakers, the conference marked the 70th anniversary of India-Japan relations and provided a fertile ground for insightful reflections, which have been thoughtfully collated in this book. It serves as a testament to the resilient relationship and an inspiring guide for the path ahead.
The Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) was established in 1943 by a group of eminent intellectuals led by Sir Tej Bahadur Sapru and Dr. H.N. Kunzru. Its principal objective was to create an Indian perspective on international relations and act as a repository of knowledge and thinking on foreign policy issues. The Council today conducts policy research through an in-house faculty as well as through external experts. It regularly organizes an array of intellectual activities including conferences, seminars, roundtable discussions, lectures and brings out a range of publications. It has a well-stocked library, an active website, and publishes the journal India Quarterly. ICWA has over 50 MoUs with international think tanks and research institutions to promote better understanding on international issues and develop areas of mutual cooperation. The Council also has partnerships with leading research institutions, think tanks and universities in India.
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