Monday, October 18th, 2021

India and Japan PMs’ First-in-person Meeting

On September 23, 2021, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Yoshihide Suga met in person for the first time.


  • Both presidents underlined their commitment to a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific area during the meeting.
  • They discussed their multifaceted bilateral relationship as well as recent global events such as the war in Afghanistan.
  • This meeting took place ahead of the first in-person Quad meeting, which US President Joe Biden would assemble.
  • The Prime Ministers also agreed to strengthen bilateral security and defense cooperation, particularly in the area of defense equipment and technologies.
  • Leaders applauded the start of the “Supply Chain Resilience Initiative (SCRI)” between India, Japan, and Australia.
  • Prime Minister Modi emphasized the need of expanding bilateral cooperation in manufacturing, MSME, and skill development.

Covid-19 pandemic

They also discussed the Covid-19 pandemic and attempts to combat it. Leaders emphasized the growing relevance of digital technologies and assessed the India-Japan Digital Partnership’s progress. Opinions on future collaboration in many developing technologies were exchanged. Climate change and the transition to renewable energy are also consider.

 Under the India-Japan Act East Forum, progress on bilateral developmental initiatives in India’s North Eastern region was also assess.

Agreement on SSW

To put the Specified Skilled Workers (SSW) agreement into action, the Japanese side will conduct skill and language tests in India beginning in early 2022. In April of this year, India and Japan signed an SSW agreement.


Both sides restated their commitment to working together to make the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail (MAHSR) project run smoothly and on time.

Prime Minister Modi commended Suga for his personal commitment and leadership in enabling remarkable progress in the India-Japan Special Strategic. And Global Partnership over the previous few years, both as Prime Minister and as Chief Cabinet Secretary before that, according to the statement.

“The two Prime Ministers discussed the two nations’ multifaceted relationship and exchanged perspectives on recent global and regional developments, especially the situation in Afghanistan. They restated their commitment to an Indo-Pacific area that is free, open, and inclusive “It was stated.

The two Prime Ministers expressed their delight at the growing economic ties between their countries.

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