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2016.01.12 (Tue) Print

Japan-India Partnership Based on History of Interaction: Yasushi Tomiyama

     Yasushi Tomiyama, Planning Committee Member and Senior Fellow of the JINF, made a lecture titled, “Japan-India Partnership Based on History of Human Interaction,” at a symposium held in New Delhi on January 5, 2016.

     He pointed out in the lecture that the Japan-India partnership entered a new stage with the two prime ministers’ meeting in December, 2015, and that the close relationship had been built on the history of respecting each other’s culture and tradition while helping each other to become independent and self-reliant. Specifically he noted Japan’s contribution to the independence of India, India’s compassionate attitude towards Japan after World War II, and the existence of an Indian religious leader who was deeply impressed by Japan during the Meiji Era. (Click here for a prepared text of the lecture and here for the Japanese translation.)

     The symposium was co-sponsored by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) to celebrate the start of the Collaboration of Indo-Japan Historical Studies. The two governments agreed on the project in 2014 when then Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Hakubun Shimomura visited India.

     Professor Sugata Bose of Harvard University made a keynote speech at the symposium, talking about his parental grandfather’s younger brother and the Indian independence struggle leader Subhas Chandra Bose and his relationship with wartime Japan.

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Yasushi Tomiyama (center) speaking at the symposium

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Professor Sugata Bose (left) with Yasushi Tomiyama