India-Japan Conference

India-Japan International Conference
India and Japan: Growing Partnership and Opportunities for Co-operation

Organised by CPPR Centre for Strategic Studies in collaboration with
Consulate-General of Japan in Chennai

Date: 26-27 February 2019
Venue: Riviera Suites, Kochi (Kerala), India

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  • Delegates from outside Ernakulam can be provided accommodation upon request on a first-come-first-serve basis


Themes at the Sessions

  • Asia’s economic power balance
  • Emerging regional security architecture in Asia-Pacific
  • Building Synergies in the Global Platform
  • Partnership in ‘Indo-Pacific’
  • India Japan Partnership in the information age and trade

Background of the Conference

The second decade of the twenty-first century has been in witness of tremendous global transformation that had been characterised by turbulence, change and new avenues of growth. Its impact has been at three levels: Global, Regional and Transnational. The global systemic crisis of 2008 and the denting of the liberal-international order since the last global financial crisis; the emergence of ‘new regionalism’ the assertive rise of China has been pivotal transformation catalysts that have ensued several changes.

The Asia-Pacific region is undergoing a tremendous transformation on an unprecedented scale characterized by the “new dynamics of the re-emergence of the civilizational powers”. The re-emergence (rather than rise) of China, Japan and India as regional, trans-regional and global players in the emerging global order has spawned the new Asian Century laced with historical memories, identity contestations and the prospects of an Asian resurgence.

Transforming Asia-Pacific is thus salient with new economic and strategic convergence and new vistas of cooperation. Among the Asian democracies, the civilizational states of India and Japan have experienced new dynamism in economic relations, new patterns of interdependence and security convergence that sync to respond to the challenges of global and regional turbulence.

India and Japan provide to the Asia-Pacific architecture- the sense of assurance of economic dynamism, strategic stability and the narrative of a democratic consensus of peaceful regional and global transformation based on norms of cooperation and mutual reciprocity for regional growth, development and connectivity.

India and Japan “converge” on macro issues of Asia-Pacific economic stability and growth that provides vital reassurance in the view of transforming US global posture. In its cooperative essence, India and Japan have been ‘building synergies’ in economic growth, infrastructure connectivity and industrial corridors that Japan has been famous for in investing in India.

The recent visits of the elected representatives of both countries is a move in the right direction. The Japanese new perspective on its global and regional role had been salient with the iconic idea of “Confluence” well-elucidated by Prime minister Shinzo Abe’s signature speech in 2007.

Thus new dynamism and major strides are expected in technology and infrastructure development through initiatives such as the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail corridor project, Western Dedicated Freight Corridor and Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor with financial and technical aid from Japan including ODA from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The impetus of these measures catalyse the cooperation dividends.

India and Japan aim to promote prosperity and inclusive growth in the region by exploring the vast scope for cooperation on strategic, security, political and economic issues.

Objectives of the Conference

This International Conference is focused on the objective “to dialogue” “to debate” and “to assess” the prospects of ensuing convergence and chart “suggestive pathways of growing cooperation” elucidated by Indian and Japanese scholars of academic-policy research-science and technology specialists- security professionals. This discourse is well balanced with “informed discussions with industry and foreign affairs professionals.

The initiative further aims at the networking of think-tanks in Peninsular India with Japanese counterparts in academia and policy research. The theme of the conference thus has important vistas of the subject—given the new imperatives of the Indian and Pacific Oceans as the maritime basis of “Confluence” –cooperation of India and Japan in the coming decades.

Kochi located in the fulcrum of the Arabian Sea-Indian Ocean confluence provides the perfect venue of this Conference having a maritime-peninsular perspective of India-Japan relations and cooperation.

The Centre for Strategic Studies under the Centre for Public Policy Research located in Kochi thus endeavours to facilitate this initiative with the most magnanimous support of the Japanese mission in Peninsular India.

Schedule of Sessions

26 February 2019

  • 11.30 am – 12.30 pm: Inaugural Session
  • 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm: Session 1: Asia-Pacific and its Grand Transformation: Economic Imperatives and Security Challenges
  • 3.45 pm – 5.15 pm: Session 2:  “New Regionalism”: Connotations, Corridors and Consequences in the Asia-Pacific
  • 5.30 pm – 6.45 pm: Session 3: India Japan Partnership: Building Synergies in the Global Platform

27 February 2019

  • 9.30 am – 11.00 am Session 4: The Maritime Transformation of Asia-Pacific: Interdependence and Security: Comparing Indian and Japanese visions
  • 11.15 am – 12.45 pm Session 5: India Japan Partnership in the Information Age, trade and investment
  • Concludes with lunch

Contacts of Conference Officials

Ashish Alex, Director of Operations, CPPR 
Mobile No – 91 99111 44046 

Madhu Sivaraman, CPPR Scholar & Chief Co-ordinator of the Conference 
Mobile No – 91 94460 89456

Eshani Bhawal, PR & Events Associate, CPPR
Mobile No – 91 96205 62315