New Delhi, May 18: ‘North-East’ region is an essential part of India and has potential to develop at higher level. Looking at this capability, the Ambassador of Japan to India, , Kenji Hiramatsu officially extended support for various ongoing projects in North-East. Japan set to back India’s North-Eastern region’s projects.
The Ambassador of Japan to India, Kenji Hiramatsu met Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER, Dr Jitendra Singh and offered his support for new ventures of North-East. Japan is looking forward to invest in the on-going projects and development of North-Eastern regions.
Kenji Hiramatsu said that the North-Eastern region of India has immense potential and with the kind of priority being given to the region by the Government of India and the Government of Japan looks forward to engage itself as a partner at different levels, both financially and otherwise. The preferred States which the Government of Japan looks forward to invest in Northeast are Assam, followed by Manipur and Nagaland.
DoNER Minister Jitendra Singh appreciated the offer made by the Government of Japan and said, while the Ministry of DoNER will look forward to engagement of Japanese resources in the making of roads and bridges in the North-Eastern region, the Japanese partnership could also be utilized in the recent initiative of developing inland waterways transport along River Brahmaputra down to Bay of Bengal as well as supplementing the Venture Fund announced by DoNER Ministry for "Start-Ups" in Northeast.
He further added, besides the trade and entrepreneurship interest, the Government of Japan also has a historic emotional link with the region because it was in the area around Manipur and Nagaland that during the Second World War, around 30,000 Japanese soldiers had got killed while fighting jointly with the British Army against the allied forces.