Special And Strategic Global Cooperation Analysis

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The relations between two countries is a topic of research that involves the study of a wide variety of themes and areas of cooperation – how it has evolved from mutual values to shared interests. In the case of India and Japan, the latest developments have been majorly driven by the 2014 announcement of their Special and Strategic Global Partnership, which mainly aims to bring the countries into each other’s’ priority list, such that the maximum benefits of widely researched and closely followed-up cooperation can be gained. An analysis of this requires one to study the political, economic, socio-cultural and strategic/geo-political aspects of the same. The future of this deepening bilateral relationship lies in broadening the areas of cooperation…show more content…
Background
India and Japan share a friendship that draws strength from the cultural and civilizational ties rooted in historical spiritual affinity. Starting with the eye-opening ceremony of Lord Buddha at Todaiji Temple performed by Bodhisena in 752 AD, it has continued with the contributions of Swami Vivekananda, Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, JRD Tata, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and Judge Radha Binod Pal.
The Japan-India Association, set up in 1903, is today the oldest international friendship body in Japan. This positive legacy has been strengthened by shared values and the common belief in democracy, individual freedom and the rule of law. Principle and pragmatism are the foundations of this partnership that aims at long term
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Two major developments of the 20th century, indicating the strengthening of economic and diplomatic ties, include the path breaking investments by Suzuki Motor Corporation in 1980s – advanced technology and management ethics that revolutionized the automobile sector and Japan’s unconditional bail out of India in 1991 – when few other countries were willing to offer help.
3. Historical Ties
It is interesting to trace back the bilateral relations between two countries to a time when the notion of nation states had not yet come into play. The civilizational state and the cultural intellectual interactions that stemmed from it, characterized the initial phases of direct or indirect exchanges.
For India and Japan, it ranges from studying the emergence of Buddhism in Japan(via China and Korea) around the 7th century to the fascination of Indian revolutionaries towards Japan. In the first case, while it is important to note the arrival and subsequent stay of the Buddhist Monk Bodhisena in 730 AD in Nara (Todaiji), the practice of Buddhism in Japanese society prior to this must be kept in mind. We see the development and spread of Buddhism starting from the Buddhist statue presented by King Parkchoi of Korea in 538 AD, its growth
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