PM keeps music playing: No red tape, only red carpet for Japan

‘Japan has hardware, India has software... together we can make miracles’

By: Press Trust of India Written by Shubhajit Roy | Tokyo | Updated: September 3, 2014 8:08 am
In this photo released by Imperial Household Agency of Japan, Japan's Emperor Akihito, left, talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, during the audience at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. (Source: AP) In this photo released by Imperial Household Agency of Japan, Japan’s Emperor Akihito, left, talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, during the audience at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Tuesday. (Source: AP)

A day after Japan announced a 3.5 trillion yen (Rs 2.1 lakh crore) investment in India, Prime Minister  Narendra Modi on Tuesday tried to hardsell India as a manufacturing destination, assuring that there would be no red tape, only the red carpet.

Narendra Modi in Tokyo

Delivering the keynote address at the Tokyo Stock Exchange, co-hosted by Japan External Trade Organisation (Jetro), Modi said, “I’ve come to assure you there is no red tape but only red carpet that awaits you in India.” He said India was also the only place where the Japanese industry would find all the three Ds — democracy, demography and demand.

Narendra Modi

“I have come here to assure you that if you have to look anywhere outside Japan, you do not need to look here or there,” he said. “We particularly want to encourage and invite small and medium enterprises, as also smallscale industries,” he said.

Stressing that India guarantees democracy, safety, security and justice, he told Japanese investors that the country is a “God-gifted location” for reaching out to global markets.

Narendra Modi in Tokyo

“Just as India is focusing on Look East policy, it seems Japan is now pursuing a ‘Look at India Policy’,” he said, adding that India would strive to replicate the Japanese model of work culture.

“Without Japan, India is incomplete and without India, Japan is incomplete”, he said. “Japan has hardware, India has software… together we can make miracles… Aiye apna kismet aazmaiye (Come and try your luck),” he said.

Meanwhile, a top ranking Japanese official revealed that Tokyo wanted to include Modi’s idea of a “special task force for Japan in the PMO” in the joint statement but New Delhi did not play ball.

The Japanese official told The Indian Express that the Indian bureaucracy did not want the “new idea” of a task force — to facilitate Japanese business — to be included in the Tokyo declaration. Japan wanted it as part of the negotiated joint statement, since that becomes part of the official document.

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“But we are happy that Modi announced the setting up of the cell in the PMO in his speech to the industry. So, although the Tokyo declaration does not have it mentioned, we hope that this step — which has been announced by the PM — will be implemented soon,” the official said.

Modi had said on Monday that he had decided to create a special Japan-plus management team in the PMO which would be dedicated to facilitate Japanese investors. He said he would appoint two officials in India’s industrial team as per Japan’s choice.

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First Published on: September 2, 2014 2:40 pm
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    Sep 2, 2014 at 11:02 am
    Modi knows very well that how woluld investers fascinated toward india for investment....good job namo.....
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      H1N1
      Sep 2, 2014 at 5:25 pm
      Congress.......dont be jealous. Rejoice and learn from the Master at work. Modiji....we respect you and your achievements.
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        H1N1
        Sep 2, 2014 at 5:57 pm
        Well this is all good. Real test is....to keep the progress going forward and meeting set targets by certain dates. That is the big test of Indias chalta hai atude. It has to work smoothly like the anese system. That is the real test to follow thru until completion and then also to maintain the progress made and infrastructure built. Let us focus on completing existing projects and getting ones that can be finished on time. Don't take on too much that cannot be handled by the present Indian system.
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          Reddy
          Sep 2, 2014 at 9:44 am
          Mr Modi is doing great job getting hardware industry to india..
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            Kuldeep Saxena
            Sep 2, 2014 at 4:20 pm
            It is real good appeal to our neighbors that- India offers red carpet to our friends. The message is very clear let India work on Industrial growth where in we grow as well open invitation to our friendly nations to grow with us- Extended to all the Nations As our Leader has a open vision.Kuldeep Saxena, (NJ)
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              RK Handa
              Sep 2, 2014 at 12:08 pm
              From the times immemorial India is known for its hospitality for its friends from abroad
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                RK Handa
                Sep 2, 2014 at 12:04 pm
                There will be red carpet welcome for every friend of India..
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                  Sitaram Agarwal
                  Sep 3, 2014 at 4:09 am
                  Red tape is the problem of all ills in India.
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                    Sreenivas
                    Sep 2, 2014 at 5:52 pm
                    Good job PM!
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