The India-Japan Study Centre was inaugurated at IIM Bangalore on September 14, when the two Prime Ministers were meeting in Ahmedabad to inaugurate the high speed rail project in Gujarat.
The Ambassador welcomed IIMB's initiative, saying: "The setting up of the India-Japan Study Centre is a very valuable and timely initiative, especially at a time when the India-Japan relationship in business and investment is perhaps at its very best in history, guided by two very strong leaders - Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minister Abe. Your study centre has our whole-hearted support."
Explaining that he would like to focus on people-to-people exchange programmes between the two countries, especially faculty teaching Japanese language here, the Ambassador said it was a privilege to work on more collaborations with IIM Bangalore, "a place where talented students train to be global managers".
The Ambassador also said Bengaluru was very important to Japan as many Japanese companies are located here.
"It is a global start-up city and a city of intellectuals - a very exciting city for us," he remarked, adding that he would like to invite more Japanese companies to Bengaluru as early as December. "It is therefore particularly significant that IIM Bangalore is doing exciting work with Japan and we should work on more joint research projects and exchange programs."
Prof. Krishna Sundar, Chairperson, India-Japan Study Centre, gave the Ambassador and his team an overview of the India-Japan Study Centre. Dwelling in detail on IIMB's partnerships with six top universities in Japan, Prof. Krishna Sundar said support from more universities, government agencies and industry houses in Japan would certainly help in expanding and enhancing the exchange, research and industry connects that the India-Japan Study Centre at IIMB aims to build and nurture.
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