India, Japan enter new agreements

The governments have entered into preliminary agreements to do with healthcare and wellness, postal services and environmental cooperation

December 6, 2018

The agreements come in the backdrop of PM Modi’s visit to Japan in October for an annual bilateral summit that led to a number of critical partnerships

Last year, PM Abe had visited India as part of joint efforts to cement bilateral ties that has risen to the level of a Special Strategic and Global Partnership

The cooperation in healthcare and wellness includes promotion of specific projects in capacity building as well as development of medical infrastructure

The partnership in environmental protection will aim to support people who are most vulnerable to the impact of climate change and environmental degradation

The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, on December 6 gave its approval to preliminary agreements related to the fields of healthcare and wellness, postal services and environmental cooperation. The agreements come in the backdrop of PM Modi’s visit to Japan over October 28-29 for an annual bilateral summit that saw the two governments enter into a number of critical partnerships, including a US$75 billion currency swap agreement. Last year, PM Abe had visited India as part of joint efforts to cement bilateral ties that has risen to the level of a Special Strategic and Global Partnership.

The cooperation in healthcare and wellness includes promotion of specific projects such as those related to skill development in medicine, surgery and trauma care; setting up of advanced joint testing laboratory for clinical examination; and establishment of a Japanese language education centre for trainee care workers. The second vertical of the cooperation focuses on development of infrastructure, including healthcare distribution centre; affordable toilets; manufacturing under “Make in India”; as well as research and development related to data analysis, ICT and AI in medicine and an India-Japan Innovation Hub in India.

Another agreement in the field of environment protection and management of natural resources will include exchange of information and technology between the two countries. The partnership will aim for protection of people who are most vulnerable to the impact of climate change and environmental degradation. Meanwhile, a separate agreement between the countries is aiming cooperation in the postal field which is expected to strengthen postal operations of both countries. The deals come as 57 Japanese companies pledged to make investment in India during PM Modi’s recent trip with support from both governments.   

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