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Japan seeks to boost connectivity with India's Northeast

Japanese Ambassador Kenji Hiramatsu has said his country is serious about boosting connectivity in India's north-eastern states by building roads and bridges.
Nov 19, 2018
Japanese Ambassador Kenji Hiramatsu has said his country is serious about boosting connectivity in India's north-eastern states by building roads and bridges.
 
"We aim 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 Northeast and neighbouring countries such as Bangladesh and Myanmar," he said.
 
Hiramatsu, who was addressing the 3rd India International Cherry Blossom Festival in Shillong, capital of Meghalaya state, earlier this month, said road connectivity will make India's Northeast a gateway to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and will also boost the economy of the states.
 
"Northeast is where our shared vision crystallises. The Northeast as a priority is evidenced by the 'Japan-India Act East Forum'. This is a unique forum in which we test various ideas for further development of the Northeast and put them into action," he said.
 
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, who inaugurated the Cherry Blossom Festival 2018, said, "This tree (cherry tree) binds the two countries and makes Meghalaya and Japan the home of a unique benediction of nature."
 
He said that India-Japan collaboration has taken a leap forward because of the efforts that have been made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, and said the festival represents one of the ways of strengthening that relationship further. Modi returned late last month from a two-day official visit to Japan as part of an annual summit where he described bilateral ties as a "special strategic and global partnership".

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