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FM Kono attends the launch of India-Japan friendship organization to promote exchanges

  • January 10, 2019
  • , Kanagawa Shimbun , p. 3
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NEW DELHI (Kyodo) —  Minister of Foreign Affairs Taro Kono, now visiting India, attended a ceremony for the launch of the “India-Japan Friendship Forum (IJFF),” an Indian organization aimed at promoting and developing Japan-India exchanges, held in New Delhi on Jan. 8.


The IJFF is aimed at deepening mutual understanding between Japan and India via cultural and art interactions. The ceremony was also joined by political and business leaders from India as well as representatives from Japanese firms. In his remarks, Kono noted: “Japan and India are important partners to each other. The launch of the IJFF opens a new era in the Japan-India relationship.”


Japan established the “Japan-India Association,” the Japanese counterpart of the IJFF, in 1903. At present, former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori serves as chairman there. Former Ambassador to Japan Deepa Gopalan Wadhwa, head of the IJFF, noted: “The most important thing for the Japan-India relationship is to promote people-to-people exchanges. We are looking to provide many opportunities to let local people know about Japan throughout India.”

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