India Japan Relation Kishida is a long time advocate of strong friendship and strategic ties of India Japan Jagran Special

Rahul Lal. India-Japan Relation Japan’s parliament has elected former foreign minister Fumio Kishida as the country’s new prime minister. Kishida faces the challenge of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic and threats like China and Russia ahead of the impending election. Japan’s new Prime Minister has announced a general election in Japan on October 31 as soon as he takes office. Kishida will be under pressure to improve the party’s image, which has reportedly been tarnished under Suga’s leadership. Kishida has promised to tackle several national crises, including an economy badly hit by COVID and problems of declining population and birth rates.

Stock markets in Japan have seen a sharp decline as soon as Kishida took over as prime minister. It is being called ‘Kishida Shak’ in Japan. Kishida proclaimed a ‘new type of Japanese capitalism’ as soon as he became prime minister. Basically Kishida wanted to redistribute wealth in the country under this policy. According to Kishida if the fruits of growth were not distributed among all the people, there would be no increase in consumption and demand. In this way, by pointing out the economic inequality prevailing in the country, he wants to end it. He wants to tax capital gains in excess of a limit. At the same time, they want to give tax concessions to such companies, which will increase the salary of the employees. His views are facing a lot of opposition in the corporate sector and the Japanese stock market is falling continuously.

There has been no change in the Foreign Minister and Defense Minister, ensuring the continuity of Japanese diplomacy and security policies. Kishida wants to work with the US on rising tensions with China. Kishida supports strong Japan-US security ties and partnerships with like-minded democracies in Asia, Europe and the UK to some extent to counter China and nuclear-armed North Korea.

Favors strong ties with India: When the strategic relationship between India and Japan is on the way to become very strong, then it is even more pleasant for India to have Kishida as the Prime Minister. Kishida is a longtime advocate of strong India-Japan friendship and strategic ties. After assuming the post of Foreign Minister in the year 2015, he first gave proof of this by visiting India. During this visit, he also told why he had first visited India as a foreign minister. In 2015, he said that India-Japan partnership would lead to a new era, an era that would usher in new prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region. According to Kishida, peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific is important not only for India and Japan, but for the whole world.

India had to face a lot of opposition from Japan in 1998 during the Pokhran-2 nuclear test. But in the last 23 years, there has been a lot of progress in India-Japan relations. Both countries are members of the G-4 group, which support each other’s bid for permanent membership of the UN Security Council. Kishida, while being foreign minister, had given considerable importance to India in Japanese foreign policy. In such a situation, the question arises whether future annual summits will be held soon after Kishida becomes Prime Minister? Kishida attaches special importance to relations with India, yet future summits are likely to be delayed. The India-Japan Annual Summit could not be held in the year 2019 and 2020. Recently, a bilateral meeting was held in Washington, the capital of America, but the summit has not been held. Now the new Prime Minister has been busy in the process of election as soon as he takes office. In such a situation, there is little chance of him coming to India before the election.

Japanese Prime Minister Kishida is very serious about the growing power of China and the role of Japan in the alliance being formed on the Indian Ocean. It is clear that Kishida would like to increase cooperation with India in all these areas. China has been a common challenge for both India and Japan. The increase in China’s aggression in the South China Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean in the past few years has been a matter of concern for other countries. This is the reason why the Quad member countries India, America, Japan and Australia have become more active than ever before under the leadership of Joe Biden. Countries like Indonesia and Vietnam have increased interest in Quad Plus. Along with this, America recently formed ‘Akas’, which includes America, United Kingdom and Australia. After the establishment of this group, America has provided nuclear submarine technology to Australia for the first time since the sixth decade of the last century. This would increase Australia’s strength in the Indo-Pacific as a member of the Quad, which would ultimately set the balance of power against China. Similarly, in the Strait of Malacca, Japan, India and Australia will be able to exert enough pressure on China. Japan is one of the top economies of the world. On the other hand, India is the fastest growing economy in the world. This is the reason why both Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Kishida believe that India and Japan will decide the future of Asia in the 21st century.

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