India-Japan relations have traditionally been strong. For centuries, the people of India and Japan have engaged in cultural exchanges, primarily as a result of Buddhism which spread indirectly from India to Japan, via China and Korea. The people of India and Japan are guided by common cultural traditions including the heritage of Buddhism, and share commitment to the ideals of democracy, tolerance, pluralism and open society. Buddhism and the intrinsically linked Indian culture had a great impact on Japanese culture still felt today and resulted in a natural sense of amiability between the two nations. It is evident that with the “Special Strategic and Global Partnership between Japan and India” being reached in 2014 has emerged with a new dawn of infinite opportunities for the two countries and its people.
India’s contribution to the world is stupendous. Yoga for example is one such proven physical, mental and spiritual practice or discipline which originated in India and has been accepted by people irrespective of nationality and religion for maintaining holistic well-being in individuals. India is also the human resource capital of the world. India has given highly proficient multilingual professionals as work force to the entire world. However, there is a doubt if the people to people engagement between Japan and India has yet grown anywhere near to what it would require.
Japan declining population is a well-known fact. As a result, Japan will face huge deficit in work force in the coming years. This will result in the surge of huge international work force to work in Japanese business and workplace all over the world. The human resources GAP will go so huge that if it is not addressed immediately to sustain Japanese work force may diminish present days Japan’s work force of 78 million to 42 million in the next 30 years. In other words, Japan will need huge work force to work for Japan in the coming decades which no one has ever imagined in the last 100 years. India being Japan’s top strategic partner in the 21st century will add huge scope for the Indian youths to associate in wider areas of cooperation for Japan throughout the world. It is worthwhile for the youthful India to learn about Japan. JECI wants to be a participatory catalyst in this process thereby infusing appropriate Japanese educational programs, cultural activities and engagement between people to nurture natural Strategic Global Partnership into real opportunity in a sustainable fashion.