1st Edition

Seventy Years of India-Japan Diplomatic Relations Reflections and Way Forward

Edited By Nutan Kapoor Mahawar, Jojin V. John Copyright 2025
    317 Pages 14 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Spanning seven decades, the diplomatic relations between India and Japan present a narrative of mutual respect, strategic alignment, and cooperation. This relationship has evolved from strong cultural and civilizational linkages to a global partnership and has led to significant developments in defence and security, economic modernization, infrastructure projects and regional cooperation in the Indo-Pacific.

    Based on a conference organized by the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) on May 19, 2022, this book discusses the nature of India–Japan relationship and presents a comprehensive account of the diplomatic ties between the two nations. Attended by renowned scholars and policymakers, the conference marked the 70th anniversary of India-Japan relations and provided a fertile ground for insightful reflections, which have been collated in this book. It serves as a testament to the resilient relationship and an inspiring guide for the path ahead.

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    Vijay Thakur Singh

    Tables and Figures


    Nutan Kapoor Mahawar and Jojin V. John

    Executive Summary
    Nutan Kapoor Mahawar and Jojin V. John

    India-Japan Relations: Inaugural Session

    Welcome Remarks

    Vijay Thakur Singh


    Sanjay Kumar Verma


    Kawazu Kunihiko

    Keynote Address

    Hiroshi Hirabayashi

    India-Japan: Relations at 70 Reflections

    1. Mapping 70 years of India-Japan Ties: Exploring the Role of Japanese Prime Ministers

    Purnendra Jain

    2. India-Japan Relations at 70 from a Defence and Strategic Perspective

    G.V.C. Naidu

    3. Seventy Years (1952-2022) of Japanese Studies in India: An Appraisal

    P. A. George

    India, Japan and the Indo-Pacific: Regional and Strategic Dimension


    Hemant Krishan Singh

    4. Strategic Imperative of India-Japan Partnership in Indo-Pacific

    Titli Basu

    5. India, Japan and the Indo-Pacific: Exploring Third Country Partnership

    Jojin V. John

    6. India-Japan Emerging Cooperation in Cybersecurity

    Prakash Panneerselvam and Virain Mohan

    India-Japan Economic and Development Cooperation: Emerging Dynamics

    7. Issues and Prospects for Deepening Japan-India Economic Relations

    Makoto Kojima

    8. India-Japan Trade and Investment Relations: Emerging Trends

    Prabir De and Tuhinsubhra Giri

    Civilisational and People to People Relations


    Koji Sato

    9. From Pilgrimage to Diplomacy: Buddhism in India-Japan Relations

    Ranjana Mukhopadhyaya

    10. India-Japan Cultural Relations: History, Continuity, and the Way Forward

    Siddharth Singh

    The Way Forward


    Sujan R Chinoy


    Saito Mitsunori

    About the Contributors

    Conference Programme



    Nutan Kapoor Mahawar is Joint Secretary in the Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi, India. She joined the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) in 1996. During her over 26 years of service, she has worked on various assignments both in New Delhi and abroad. At Headquarters, she has served in the Disarmament & International Security Affairs, Europe West and Parliament & Coordination Divisions.

    Jojin V. John is Assistant Professor at the School of International Relations and Politics, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India. His research interest includes International Relations in East Asia, India’s East Asian engagement and geopolitical developments in the Indo-Pacific. Previously Dr. Jojin worked with the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) as a Research Fellow for East Asia.