The Imperial, New Delhi      28-29 July, 2023

India Japan Forum

23rd July, 2023

The Imperial Hotel, New Delhi


The India-Japan Forum provides a platform for Indian and Japanese leaders to shape the future of bilateral and strategic partnerships through deliberation and collaboration. The forum is convened by the Ananta Centre and the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. The aim of the forum is to bolster cooperation, leverage opportunities, exchange ideas, build mutual trust and develop a joint agenda for future cooperation. It is a closed-door gathering of 60-70 high-level participants from Japan and India by invitation only. The discussions will be held under Chatham House rules.

Key Speakers



The Imperial, New Delhi

Janpath, Connaught Place, New Delhi - 110001

Day 1: 28 July, 2023

Time Session
8:00 AM - 8:40 AM Registration
8:45 AM - 10:00 AM Welcome Remarks:
Tarun Das, Former Director General, Confederation of Indian Industry, Chairman, Sasakawa India Leprosy Foundation and Founding Trustee, Ananta Centre

Inaugural Session
Remarks by:

S Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs, Government of India
Yoshimasa HAYASHI, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Government of Japan

Followed by a moderated conversation between the two ministers
Moderator: Indrani Bagchi, Chief Executive Officer, Ananta Centre
10:00 AM – 10:15 AM Tea/Coffee break
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Session 1:
Quad: Redefining the Balance of Power in the Indo-Pacific

Michael Green, Chief Executive Officer, United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney
Kenji HIRAMATSU, Chairman, Institute for International Strategy of the Japan Research Institute
Ashok Malik, Partner, The Asia Group
Tomohiko TANIGUCHI, Specially Appointed Professor, The University of Tsukuba
Moderator: Baijayant Panda, National Vice President, Bharatiya Janata Party
12:15 PM - 12:45 PM Session with
Vinay Mohan Kwatra,
Foreign Secretary, Government of India
Moderator: C Raja Mohan, Senior Fellow, Asia Society Policy Institute
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM Session 2:
Semiconductors and Critical Minerals: Working Together in Strategic Tech

Keynote Speaker: Vivek Bharadwaj, Secretary, Ministry of Mines, Government of India

Darshan Hiranandani, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, H-Energy
Toshihiko KURIHARA, Chief Representative, Japan Bank for International Cooperation, New Delhi
Toru NAKAMURA, General Manager, Semiconductor Production Equipment Administration Division, Canon
Randhir Thakur, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Tata Electronics
Moderator: Pramit Pal Chaudhuri, India Practice Head, Eurasia Group & Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Ananta Aspen Centre
3:15 PM - 3:30 PM Tea/Coffee Break
3:30 PM- 4:45 PM Session 3:
Stormy Waters: Contestation in the Pacific and Southeast Asia

Naoko AOKI, Associate Political Scientist, The RAND Corporation
Ken JIMBO, Professor, Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University
Sangwoo Lim, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Republic of Korea to the Republic of India
C Raja Mohan, Senior Fellow, Asia Society Policy Institute
Ravi Velloor, Associate Editor and Senior Columnist, The Strait Times
Moderator: Narushige MICHISHITA, Executive Vice President and Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM In a conversation with R C Bhargava, Chairman, Maruti Suzuki and
Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, Confederation of Indian Industry
5:30 PM – 6:45 PM Session 4:
Fast Trains and Factories: Fresh Eyes on Investment and Infrastructure in the Northeast and Bangladesh

Sabyasachi Dutta, Executive Director, Asian Confluence
S. Phangnon Konyak, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
Myung-Ho LEE, Country Representative for Bangladesh and General Manager, Mitsubishi Dhaka
Rajan Navani, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, JetSynthesys
Takashi SUZUKI, Director General, Japan External Trade Organisation, India
Moderator: Masahisa IKEDA, Asia Managing Partner, Shearman & Sterling and Director of Asia Pacific, Trilateral Commission
7:00 PM – 7:10 PM “Kaizen Niti: 70 years of India-Japan Relations”
Book Release by Geetanjali Kirloskar, Chairperson & Managing Director, Kirloskar Systems
7:15 PM Reception hosted by Confederation of Indian Industry
7:45 PM Dinner
Timings Program Detail
9:00 AM (IST)
12:30 PM (JST)
Log in – Digital Holding Room
9:30 AM-10:00 AM (IST) Opening Session
1:00 PM-1:30 PM (JST) Welcome Remarks

Jamshyd N. Godrej, Chairman, Ananta Centre and Chairman & Managing Director, Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Company Limited

Opening Remarks by Co-Chairs of the India-Japan Forum:
  • Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Foreign Secretary, Government of India
  • N.K. Singh, Chairman, 15th Finance Commission, Government of India and Trustee, Ananta Aspen Centre
Keynote Address by:
  • Toshimitsu Motegi, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Government of Japan
10:00 AM-10:45 AM (IST) A Conversation Between:
  • S Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs, Government of India
1:30 PM-2:15 PM (JST)
  • Tomohiko Taniguchi, Specially Appointed Professor, The University of Tsukuba
10:45 AM- 12:15 PM (IST) Session 1
2:15 PM – 3:45 PM (JST)

Peace, security and socio-economic development in the Indo-Pacific

Roadmap for stability and security in the Indo-Pacific; Strategic defense cooperation; QUAD; Role of ASEAN; Bilateral cooperation on R&D in defense technologies; Indo-Pacific Oceans' Initiative; High impact community development projects in third countries

Suggested Speakers:
  • Makio Miyagawa, President, Asia Pacific Initiative Forum; Senior Fellow, Asia Pacific Initiative and Special Advisor on National Security to the Prime Minister of Japan
  • C Raja Mohan, Director, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore
  • Kenichiro Sasae, President, Japan Institute of International Affairs
  • Karambir Singh, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff of the Indian Navy
  • Admiral Hiroshi Yamamura, Chief of Staff of the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force

Chair: Indrani Bagchi, Associate Editor and Diplomatic Editor, Times of India

12:15- 1:45 PM (IST) Session 2
3:45 PM-5:15 PM (JST)

Economic and Trade Ties: Fostering synergy for shared prosperity

CEPA; Bilateral trade and investment; Shaping global value chains; Cooperation in third countries; supply chain resilience; exploring new areas of collaboration i.e., renewable energy, space technology, pharmaceuticals, etc.

Suggested Speakers:
  • Banmali Agrawala, President - Infrastructure, Defence & Aerospace and Global Corporate Affairs, Tata Sons Pvt Limited
  • B N Kalyani, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharat Forge Limited
  • Hirofumi Katase, Executive Vice Chairman and Director, I-Pulse
  • Shinichi Kitaoka, President, Japan International Cooperation Agency
  • Ajay Seth, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India
  • Yoji Taguchi, Chairman & Managing Director, Mitsubishi Corporation India Private Limited

Chair: Rajan Navani, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Jetline Group of Companies

1:45 PM- 2:00 PM (IST) Closing Session
5:15 PM-5:30 PM (JST)
  • Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Foreign Secretary, Government of India and Co-Chair, India-Japan Forum
  • Satoshi Suzuki, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to India
  • N.K. Singh, Chairman, 15th Finance Commission, Government of India; Trustee, Ananta Aspen Centre and Co-Chair, India Japan Forum


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