Further developing resilient friendship
August 15th, 2020
On the occasion of the anniversary of India’s independence, I would like to send my most heartfelt congratulations to the government and people of India.
I am gratified to witness that India’s international status is constantly on the rise and that the Japan-India relationship maintains a strong upward trend.
This year, however, both our countries are experiencing unprecedented adversity because of the persistent coronavirus. I express my sympathy to the people of India, with the third-largest number of infections in the world, and in particular to the families of the deceased.
Both Japan and India are obliged to suspend mutual visits to prevent the spread of the disease. Business, cultural and other exchanges have been adversely affected. However, the relationship between our two countries is in excellent shape thanks to solid and constructive official relations and unchanged friendship between Japanese and Indian people.
I am optimistic about our future as the research and development of medicines and vaccines tackled by many countries, including Japan and India, will produce positive results in the near future.
On this auspicious occasion, the Japan-India Association, with its 117 years of history and wide-ranging network, renews its determination to work for further development of mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and India.