Japan wants to enhance connectivity in NE: Kenji

Japan wants to enhance  connectivity in NE: Kenji
Kenji Hiramatsu
Correspondent Shillong, Nov 14 | Publish Date: 11/14/2018 12:05:36 PM IST

Japanese Ambassador to India, Kenji Hiramatsu on Wednesday said that Japan was serious about enhancing connectivity through improvement or construction of roads and bridges in India’s North Eastern states.

“We are aiming to support the development of this region by connecting not only the intra-regional links within the North East, but also the links between the North East and neighboring countries such as Bangladesh and Myanmar,” he said.

The Japanese diplomat, who was addressing the 3rd India’s international Cherry Blossom festival in the state capital of Meghalaya said that the road connectivity would make North East a gateway to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and will also boost North East economy

“North East is where our shared vision crystalises. The North East as a priority is evidenced by the “Japan-India Act East Forum.” This is a unique forum in which we test various ideas for the further development of the North East and put them into action,” Hiramatsu said.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, who inaugurated the Cherry Blossom Festival 2018, said, “This tree binds the two countries and makes Meghalaya and Japan the home of a unique benediction of nature.”

He said that the India-Japan collaboration has taken a leap forward because of the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Conrad added that the festival represents one of the ways of strengthening that relationship further.

“The significance of the festival goes beyond the blooming of cherry trees as it also creates a space for mutual exchange of culture and ideas. The festival will provide a mosaic of sports, culture and culinary delights of Meghalaya, India’s North East and Japan,” Sangma said.  Noting that the festival would give a big boost to tourism, not just in Meghalaya but the entire North Eastern region, the Chief Minister expressed hope that the state witnesses more visitors than the impressive footfall at the festival held last year.


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