The Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) is organizing and conducting the 2nd International Conference on India-Japan Relations on various thematic areas of Cooperation between India and Japan with the support of the Consulate-General of Japan, Chennai. The Conference shall be held in Kochi in Kerala and shall have the participation of delegates and speakers from India & Japan. We expect the participation of around 50 delegates, both national and international, for the Conference which shall begin at 11.00 am with an inaugural ceremony on Day 1 and close by lunch on Day 2. We shall have three technical sessions post-lunch on Day 1 and two on Day 2 before closing. 

The Objectives of the conference are –  

  1. Organize panel discussions on India-Japan Relations with experts in geopolitics, foreign policy, mercantile marine, technology and climate change.  
  2. Formulate plans to build awareness among people and governments through public policy programmes.
  3. Initiate a process to further people to people/ city to city/ port to port cooperation between India and Japan through policy discourses

The Deliverables of the conference are – 

  1. Research publication including the compendium of the proceedings at the conference
  2. Research report with policy recommendations on various sessions. 
  3. A network of experts on India – Japan relationship
  4. Provide a platform for dialogue and networking among the stakeholders
  5. Support the stakeholders by offering consultancy services, etc
Welcome Remarks

Dr D Dhanuraj,

Chairman, CPPR


Mr Kenji Miyata,

Deputy Consul-General, Consulate-General of Japan in Chennai

Inaugural and Keynote Address

Prof M. D. Nalapat

Honorary Director and UNESCO Peace Chair


Ms. Anisree Suresh, Associate, Research and Client Management CPPR, in
conversation with MD Nalapat on Indo-Pacific Vistas for India-Japan
Relationship and cooperation.

(1.30 PM to 3.00 PM)

The convergences between the Vision-Outlook-Initiative of India, Japan, and the ASEAN is another area of interest. India’s IPOI is built around seven pillars that focus on practical cooperation spanning the ‘security-development-capacity building’ continuum in diverse areas such as security, safety, resource development, science and technology, resilient infrastructure, and marine environment-ecology. Similarly, Japan’s Free and Open Indo Pacific (FOIP) seeks a free and open maritime order in the Indo-Pacific region and is built on three pillars i.e., promotion and establishment of rule of law, freedom of navigation, free trade, etc. The ASEAN aims to develop cooperation with other regional and sub-regional mechanisms in the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean regions through the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP). These Vision-Outlook-Initiatives can be achieved by “creating partnerships” among countries/groupings.

Dr.W. Lawrence S Prabhakar


Centre for Public Policy Research


Dr Gitanjali Sinha Roy

Assistant Professor,

Jindal Global University



Ms Sanjana Joshi

Senior Consultant,

Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations


Dr Kazutoshi Tamari

Associate Professor,

School of Policy Studies and Graduate School of Economics,

Chukyo University, Japan.

( 3.15 PM to 4.45PM )

India and Japan share a common vision of a sustainable future through decarbonization. During COP26, the leaders conveyed to the international community the strong determination of their respective countries to achieve carbon neutrality and realize zero emissions across Asia. India and Japan are major maritime nations and decarbonizing their shipping and port infrastructure through the transition to cleaner fuels and cutting carbon emissions, particularly the greenhouse gasses become critical. India and Japan can jointly develop a ‘smart shipping and seaport’ strategy and also explore the City-Port dialogue. 

The maritime trading ecosystem built around ships, ports, freight vehicles (rail and road), industries, production houses, and humans is embracing Industry 4.0 technologies to maximise efficiency. In the coming times, there will be widespread use of autonomous platforms and equipment in port operations for loading and discharging cargo, and the movement of ships in harbour would be by autonomous tugs. Besides, there will be rapid data exchange between ships, terminals, shore-based transportation networks, and the end-user for an efficient movement of transportation of goods with greater transparency and authenticity. Indian and Japanese experts can help develop innovative technologies to improve the proficiency of different sectors of the maritime ecosystem.

Dr. R. P. Pradhan

Distinguished Fellow (Political Economy),

Centre for Public Policy Research, (CPPR).

Mr. Daisuke Kawai

Research Fellow for Indo-Pacific Affairs

The Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA)

 Dr A. D. Gnanagurunathan

Assistant Professor

School of Global Affairs

Dr B R Ambedkar University

Mr Prasun Agrawal

International Business Partner,


( 5.00 PM to 6.30 PM )

Globally, the intensity, frequency, and costs of disasters are increasing every year. Disaster Risk Management (DRM) is high on the agenda of the international community and has nurtured multilateral cooperation among States notwithstanding different political and ideological leanings. The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2020) is acknowledged by regional groupings and States alike and serves as an important benchmark for DRM. The Indo-Pacific littorals are replete with disaster occurrences and natural catastrophic events such as tsunamis, cyclones and storms have affected coastal areas. This necessitates an advanced understanding and practice of DRM as also building regional, national and local capacities to provide assistance to the affected States. 

Dr Hari Kumar

Regional Coordinator (South Asia),

GeoHazards International

Ms Neelima A

Associate Research,

Centre for Public Policy Research,(CPPR)

Ms Noriko Sakurai

Project Formulation Advisor,

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) India Office

( 09.45 AM to 11.15 AM )

The shared values and principles enunciated in the India-Japan Vision Statement issued in 2018 are particularly relevant in today’s context, where global cooperation is required more than ever to address challenges that have become more acute. The commitment to working in tandem towards a peaceful, stable, and prosperous world, based on a rules-based international order that respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of nations, and the need for all countries to seek peaceful resolution of disputes in accordance with international law without resorting to threat or use of force or any attempt to unilaterally change status quo is more important than ever. The common vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific, free from coercion will remain the driving force between India and Japan. The economies of both countries are powered by robust bilateral investment and trade flows through diversified, resilient, transparent, open, secure, and predictable global supply chains that provide for economic security and prosperity of their peoples, this will advance the India-Japan Special Strategic and Global Partnership.

Dr. Sato Takahiro


Global Economy Unit,

Research Institute for Economics and Business Administration,

Kobe University, Japan

Dr Rupakjyoti Borah Namsai

Senior Research Fellow,

Japan Forum for Strategic Studies,


Dr Anmol Mukhia

Independent Researcher



Dr Vijay Sakhuja

Distinguished Fellow, CPPR, and former Director,

National Maritime Foundation,

New Delhi

(11.30 AM to 1.00 PM )

Significant progress has been made in security and defense cooperation between India and Japan in the last few years. The holding of the first 2+2 meeting of their Foreign and Defense Ministers in November 2019 in New Delhi led to the Agreement Concerning Reciprocal Provision of Supplies and Services between the Japan Self-Defense Forces and the Indian Armed Forces. The commitment to continuing bilateral and multilateral exercises including “Dharma Guardian” and “Malabar” are in an effort to increase coordination between the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and the Indian Air Force. The ongoing collaboration in the area of Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) and Robotics are some concrete areas for future cooperation in the area of defense equipment and technology. Both countries are committed to promoting peace, security, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region, which also depends upon the bilateral and plurilateral partnerships among like-minded countries of the region, including the quadrilateral cooperation among Australia, India, Japan, and the United States (the Quad).

Dr Yoshioka (Izuyama) Mari

Senior Research Fellow,

National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS),


Mr Muraleedharan Nair

Senior Fellow,

CPPR, and Director,

Asian Institute for China and IOR Studies

Dr Prakash Panneerselvam

Assistant Professor

National Institute of Advanced Studies

V Adm Mp Muralidharan

Hon. Distinguished Fellow, CPPR,

Former Director-General,

Indian Coast Guard

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