Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014

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

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)
Written by Shubhajit Roy | Tokyo | Posted: September 2, 2014 2:40 pm | Updated: September 3, 2014 8:08 am

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.

Also read: Day after, China daily says Modi remarks for media hype

“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 continued…

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