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IJBC-IJL Special Lecture Series

The special lectures series by IJBC and IJL commemorate the 70th Anniversary of India-Japan diplomatic relations. In 2022, India and Japan will mark the 70th anniversary of their diplomatic relations. The Indo-Japan Business Council (IJBC) and India Japan Laboratories (IJL) will host special lectures series on various facets of the India-Japan relationship to commemorate this.


Consulate General of Japan Mumbai

Goverment of Japan

Government of India

Keio University

 

SPECIAL LECTURE SERIES

From February 2022 to December 2022

The Session 1: India Japan: how near, how far
26th February 2022


Our first session will offer a rare confluence of observations and assessments by the career diplomats and experts in international relations.  The speakers have witnessed the historical developments of the bilateral relations between India and Japan.  We will be able to hear their observations and perspectives thanks to their first-hand contacts with top leadership from government, industry, and civil society, that will guide us towards our future engagement in the bilateral relations and beyond.


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Speakers

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Ambassador
Sanjay Kumar Varma

Ambassador of India to Japan

Ambassador
Hiroshi Hirabayashi

Former Ambassador to India and France
Chairman of JFSS

Prof. Tomohiko Taniguchi
Keio University Graduate School of System Design and Management
Special Adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet (ret.)

  


Session 2: Information Technology, innovation, and industries 
23rd April 2022 at 4 pm IST (7:30 pm JST)


While acknowledging India’s phenomenal growth in the field of information technology, this session seeks to deepen our understanding on changing scenario in Indian IT industries, current trend and possibilities from a Japanese perspective.  The significant role of innovation will be critically examined through practical experiences through a journey of an Indian professional who has explored possibilities for startups for IT industry in India and Japan.  We try to give you an opportunity to envisage the future course of innovation in the bilateral relations with due consideration of on-going global trend.


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Mr. Yukio Takeyari
Senior Researcher
Keio University
Former Managing Director, Sony India Software Centre Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Siddharth Deshmukh
President, Indo-Japan Business Council (IJBC)
CEO, Shimbi Labs

  


Session 3: Business and innovation opportunities
25th June 2022 at 4 pm IST (7:30 pm JST)


While India is today emerging as a global hub for manufacturing and innovation and promoting ease of business with the flagship programmes like Digital India, Smart City, and Startup India, the ‘Society 5.0’ initiative of Japan is further providing an extensive scope of collaboration in different sectors. Taking account of the various stakeholder groups involved (like business associations/trade bodies, governments, startups), this session will explore the promising avenues of business and innovation, which can significantly complement the expanding bilateral trade relations between India and Japan.


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Speakers

Mr. Kazuya Nakajo
Executive Vice President
JETRO

Mr. Abhishek Choudhury
VP, Industrial Relations
Indo-Japan Business Council (IJBC)

  


Session 4: Development perspectives 
27th August 2022 at 4 pm IST (7:30 pm JST)


Session 4 highlights development challenges through governmental and non-governmental perspectives with first-hand accounts of nearly three decades.  The audience will be journeyed through JICA’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) cooperation to India, such as urban railways in metropolitan cities, road connectivity in the north eastern region, water supply, environment improvement, and human resource development, that has significantly contributed in strengthening the bilateral relations between India and Japan. Experiences and lessons through grassroot initiatives and interactions as well as voluntary actions in India would give us an insight about India’s new challenges, potentials, and innovative approaches that can help Japan to increase cooperation in India in the years to come.


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Speakers

Ms. Tomo Kawane
Senior Researcher
Keio University
Independent Consultant
(25 years in Gujarat, Indian affairs, politics, languages, voluntary sector)

Mr. Tomohide Ichiguchi
Deputy Director General,
South Asia Department,
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

  


Session 5: Climate change, disaster risks, and social innovation
15 October 2022 at 4 pm IST (7:30 pm JST)


In the backdrop of changing climate and the rising frequency and intensity of disasters worldwide, this session will mainly focus on understanding the contemporary risk scenario and the potential pathways of addressing emerging disaster risks. Deliberating on the evolution of disaster management field globally, the session will highlight the complex hazard profiles of India and Japan, while highlighting the areas of shared importance. Particularly, the relevance of social innovation will be discussed in the context of stimulating sustainable solutions to solve the current social problems.


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Speakers


Professor Rajib Shaw

 Graduate School of Media and Governance 

Keio University

Professor Anjula Gurtoo
Indian Institute of Science



Session 6: Culture, Yoga, Music
17 December 2022 at 4 pm IST (7:30 pm JST)


Culture thrives amongst people.  Our last session offers an opportunity to visualize people-to-people exchange that can be at the core of enhancing and enriching the bilateral relations between India and Japan.  While acknowledging the unique contribution of each culture, the speakers will seek for interactions of cultures through common platforms such as yoga and music.  Seeking synchronization of body and soul as well as your inner self and nature, this session would reflect upon the evolution of self through a journey of cultural exploration and people’s participation through cultural dialogues.


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Speakers 

Mr. Kazuaki Ohashi
Vice Chairman
Yoga Organization of Japan

Ms. Noriko Shakti
Music Producer, Researcher

   



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