Delhi: To end the week in style, New Delhi witnessed a joyful celebration of 70 years of diplomatic relations between India and Japan.
Grant Thornton Bharatin partnership with the Delhi Political Group and the Ministry of Foreign Affairsorganized a first of its kind India-Japan Friendship Golf Tournament at the prestigious Delhi Golf Club today.
The event attracted the enthusiastic participation of Japanese diplomats and business leaders as well as Indian counterparts from the host organizations and the business community. Representatives of several major Japanese companies and entities were among the attendees, including JETRO, JCCII, Maruti Suzuki, Mitsui, Toray, Sojitz, Sumitomo, SMBC, Mizuho and Japan Airlines.
HE Mr. Satoshi Suzuki, Japanese Ambassador to India, and Mr. Naveen Srivastava, Assistant Secretary, Ministry of External Affairsjoined participants at the start and post-game festivities.
Ambassador HK Singh, Managing Director, Delhi Policy Group, said the event symbolizes the warm people-to-people ties that have characterized Indo-Japanese relations since their inception 70 years ago. As Asia’s leading maritime nations committed to democracy and the rule of law, India and Japan share important responsibilities in shaping a free and open Indo-Pacific. Coming soon after the successful Bilateral Summit held on March 19, this event is a particularly timely celebration of the India-Japan strategic partnership.
Vishesh C. Chandiok, CEO, Grant Thornton Bharat, “2022 is a pivotal year as it marks the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between India and Japan and also coincides with the 75th anniversary of India’s independence. As two of Asia’s three major economies, India and Japan are natural partners, complementing each other’s needs and strengths, while sharing core values such as political liberalism, market economies, rule of law and democracy and the ethic of hard work and family. As this relationship becomes the defining partnership of the new Asian era, driven by shared political, economic and strategic interests, I am confident that initiatives such as the India-Japan Friendship Golf will further strengthen the socio-economic ties between the two countries.