At the invitation of the Foreign Minister of Japan Taro Kono, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will pay an official visit to Japan from 28-30 March 2018.
During her visit, External Affairs Minister will co-chair the 9th India-Japan Strategic Dialogue with Foreign Minister Kono on March 29, 2018. The two sides will review all aspects of bilateral relations and exchange views on regional and international issues of common interest.
India and Japan concluded a Special Strategic and Global Partnership during the landmark visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Japan in 2014. Bilateral relations have been strengthened in diverse sectors in recent years. The visit of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to India in September 2017 has given fresh impetus to the ties.
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.
India and Japan are strengthening business ties as the two democracies have been getting closer for the last 10 years. Narendra Modi counts Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as one of his friends. But more needs to be done as both countries will benefit from stronger bilateral ties especially with China around.