GUWAHATI May 19: Japan has officially offered support for various ongoing, as well as upcoming development and infrastructure projects, in Assam, Nagaland and Manipur.
According to a government spokesman, Japanese ambassador Kenji Hiramatsu, during a meeting with minister of state (Independent charge) of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh in Delhi on Wednesday, conveyed his government’s inclination to invest in the northeast and also offer any other feasible support for new ventures.
“He (Hiramatsu) said the NE region has immense potential and with the kind of priority being given to the region by the Government of India, the Government of Japan looks forward to engage itself as a partner at different levels, both financially and otherwise,” the spokesman said.
“He said besides trade and entrepreneurship, the government of Japan also has an emotional link with the region because it was in the area around Manipur and Nagaland during the Second World War, around 30,000 Japanese soldiers had got killed while fighting jointly with the British Army against the Allied Forces,” the spokesman said.
The DoNER minister, while appreciating the offer made by Japan, said, “While the ministry of DoNER will look forward to engagement of Japanese resources in the making of roads and bridges in the NE region, the Japanese partnership could also be utilized in the recent initiative of developing inland waterways transport along the Brahmaputra down to the Bay of Bengal as well as supplementing the Venture Fund announced by the DoNER ministry for startups in the northeast,” the spokesman added.
Source:Times of India