India and Japan sign Memorandum of Cooperation in field of cybersecurity

News: Union Cabinet has given its approval for signing a Memorandum of Cooperation(MoC) in the field of cybersecurity between India and Japan. Facts: Aim: The Memorandum of Cooperation(MoC) will enhance cooperation in areas of mutual interest which in­clude:  Capacity building in the area of cyberspace Protection of critical infrastructure Cooperation in emerging technologies Sharing information… Continue reading India and Japan sign Memorandum of Cooperation in field of cybersecurity

India, Japan ink mutual military logistics agreement

Facts:  India and Japan have signed the mutual logistics agreement called the “Reciprocal Provision of Supplies and Services agreement”. The agreement allows the militaries of the two countries to use each other’s bases and facilities for repair and replenishment of supplies. India has already signed similar logistics agreements with the US, , Australia, France and… Continue reading India, Japan ink mutual military logistics agreement

Explained: How a traditional practice is coming in the way of Japan’s Covid response

News: In Japan, a centuries-old ritual called “Hanko” is being blamed for impeding social distancing efforts in tackling the novel coronavirus pandemic. Facts: Hanko:It is a personal stamp used in Japan that is equivalent to a signature in other countries and is an essential part of several transactions. Origin: The use of this traditional stamp… Continue reading Explained: How a traditional practice is coming in the way of Japan’s Covid response

Indo-Japanese joint exercise ‘Sahyog-Kaijin’ begins off Chennai Coast

News:The Coast Guards of India and Japan took part in a joint exercise ‘Sahyog-Kaijin’ off the Chennai coast. Facts: About Sahyog-kaijin: Exercise Sahyog-Kaijin is a joint exercise between India and Japanese Coast Guards. The exercise is aimed at further strengthening bilateral ties and mutual understanding between the two coast guards.  It also aims to enhance… Continue reading Indo-Japanese joint exercise ‘Sahyog-Kaijin’ begins off Chennai Coast

India, Japan to engage in 2+2 dialogue

News:India and Japan are going to hold the 2+2 Dialogue in Delhi. Facts: About 2+2 Dialogue: The 2+2 is a format of dialogue where the defense and foreign ministers or secretaries meet with their counterparts from another country. India and Japan had started the 2+2 dialogue at the level of officials in 2010.But they decided… Continue reading India, Japan to engage in 2+2 dialogue

Mine Countermeasure Exercise-first time between India and Japan

News:The Indian Naval Forces and the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) has conducted the first Mine Countermeasure Exercise(MINEX) at Kochi,Kerala. Facts: About the exercise: The Mine Countermeasure Exercise(MINEX) is an annual exercise between India and Japan. This is the first time an explosive ordnance disposal and mine countermeasure exercise was held by Indian and… Continue reading Mine Countermeasure Exercise-first time between India and Japan

Shinyuu Maitri

News:The Indian Air Force will be carrying out a joint military exercise called ‘Shinyuu Maitri’ with Japanese Air Self Defence Force (JASDF) from 17 to 23 October 2019. Facts: About Shinyuu Maitri: Shinyuu Maitri is a bilateral air exercise between the Japanese Air Self Defence Force(JASDF) and Indian Air Force(IAF). The exercise will be held… Continue reading Shinyuu Maitri

India, Japan to hold 2+2 dialogue on Indo-Pacific cooperation

India’s Defence Minister is on a visit to Japan for the annual Defence Ministerial Meeting between the two countries. The meeting highlighted the significance of the Special Strategic and Global Partnership between India and Japan, especially in addressing the security, stability and regional peace. The two countries have also decided to hold the first Foreign… Continue reading India, Japan to hold 2+2 dialogue on Indo-Pacific cooperation

Japan urged to sign UN nuke ban on Hiroshima anniversary

The mayor of Hiroshima has urged Japan to sign the Treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons(TPNW).This statement came as the city marked the 74 years since being targeted in the world’s first atomic attack. Japan is the only country to have experienced atomic attack against Hiroshima and Nagasaki days ahead of the country’s surrender… Continue reading Japan urged to sign UN nuke ban on Hiroshima anniversary

Japan approves growing human organs in animals for first time

Scientists in Japan has received government permission to grow human organs in animals for the first study of its kind in the country. The research involves genetically modifying sheep or pig embryos so they cannot grow a specific organ.Human induced pluripotent stem(iPS) cells are then injected into the embryo in the hope that the DNA… Continue reading Japan approves growing human organs in animals for first time

Modi, Trump discuss Iran, trade and defence ahead of G20 Summit

Indian Prime Minister has held bilateral talks with US President ahead of the formal inauguration of the G-20 Summit in Osaka,Japan. The two leaders discussed various bilateral and global issues such as (a)Iran (b)5G communications networks (c)trade and (d)defence ahead of the G-20 Summit. The two leaders agreed that trade issues need to be discussed… Continue reading Modi, Trump discuss Iran, trade and defence ahead of G20 Summit

Narendra Modi, Shinzo Abe discuss economy, bullet train

Indian PM and Japanese PM has held bilateral talks in Osaka,Japan. This was the first such meeting between the two leaders since the start of Japan’s Reiwa era. Reiwa is the era of Japan which began on 1st May,2019 during which the next Japanese Emperor took up the throne as the 126th Emperor of Japan.… Continue reading Narendra Modi, Shinzo Abe discuss economy, bullet train

G-20 summit: Corruption key focus area, India works hard to get strong para into Osaka declaration

Indian Prime Minister is attending the 2019 G20 Summit held in Osaka, Japan. The summit is the 14th such gathering.The theme of the G20 summit 2019 is human-centred future society. After this summit,India will become part of the troika that includes the next set of G20 chairs – Saudi Arabia (2020), Italy (2021) and India… Continue reading G-20 summit: Corruption key focus area, India works hard to get strong para into Osaka declaration

India likely to raise terror, financial crimes at G20 summit in Osaka

Prime Minister will attend the G-20 summit in Osaka,Japan from June 27-29,2019. The theme of the summit is “Human centred future society”.The summit will take up digital economy, artificial intelligence, global health, ageing and marine plastic waste as subjects of deliberation. The Government has said that former Union minister Suresh Prabhu would be the sherpa… Continue reading India likely to raise terror, financial crimes at G20 summit in Osaka

Nirmala Sitharaman to attend G-20 Finance Ministers’ meeting in Japan

Finance Minister will attend the two-day meeting of G-20 Finance Ministers and central bank governors in Japan.The deliberations at this meeting would be followed by the G-20 Leaders Summit scheduled on June 28,2019 at Osaka,Japan. The G-20 finance ministers are likely to discuss issues such as (a)infrastructure investment (b)resilience against natural disasters and (c)strengthening health… Continue reading Nirmala Sitharaman to attend G-20 Finance Ministers’ meeting in Japan

Sri Lanka, Japan, India sign deal to develop East Container Terminal at Colombo Port

Sri Lanka has signed a deal with India and Japan to jointly develop the East Container Terminal at the Port of Colombo.This terminal would be beneficial for India as around 70% of Colombo Port shipment is related to India. However,India’s role in developing the terminal had been opposed by Sri lankan President as involving foreign… Continue reading Sri Lanka, Japan, India sign deal to develop East Container Terminal at Colombo Port

Shyam Saran to be conferred with Japan’s ‘Order of the Rising Sun’ award

Former Indian Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran has been selected for Japan’s National Award called as ‘The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star’. He has been awarded for his contributions in strengthening strategic ties and enhancing mutual understanding between India and Japan. ‘The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star’  is… Continue reading Shyam Saran to be conferred with Japan’s ‘Order of the Rising Sun’ award

Naruhito pledges to be ‘symbol of unity

Japanese Emperor Naruhito took up the throne from his father,Akihito who had decided to step down.Emperor Naruhito will be Japan’s 126th emperor.The Japanese government has announced that the reign of the next Japanese emperor will be known as the “Reiwa” era. The term for the new era “Reiwa” is made up of the two characters… Continue reading Naruhito pledges to be ‘symbol of unity