October 24, 2007


Do Stronger Japan-India Ties Herald an Asian Alliance of Democracies? (Jason Miks, 23 Oct 2007, World Politics Review)

Hiroshi Hirabayashi, president of the Japan-India Association and Japan's ambassador to India between 1998 and 2002, says relations between the two nations have been steadily improving since then-Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori became the first Japanese prime minister in 10 years to visit India when he did so in August 2000. "Japan's relations really started to warm up with the visit of Mr. Mori. Along with the visit of Mr Clinton [also in 2000], we saw a change of mood after the sanctions imposed after India's nuclear test [in 1998]."

Hirose agrees the thaw in U.S.-India relations influenced Japan's own relationship with India. "The U.S.-India relationship has improved, and this made Japan realize how important India was," she says. "It was through American eyes that things got better."

The relationship continued to prosper under former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, including with the announcement of the "Eight-fold Initiative for Strengthening the Japan-India Global Partnership," and flourished under his successor, Shinzo Abe, with Singh and Abe announcing their desire for a "strategic and global partnership" during the former's visit to Tokyo in December last year. Abe followed this up with a visit to Delhi in August, calling for the two nations to become "perfect partners."

Much of the attention during the Abe-Singh meetings inevitably focused on the two countries' growing economic ties, and the two leaders issued a joint communique following their August meeting in which they pledged by 2010 to triple bilateral trade. Indeed Abe was accompanied on his visit by almost 200 business leaders, including Japan Business Federation Chairman Fujio Mitarai.

Bilateral trade between Japan and India hit $8.6 billion in 2006, jumping from $4 billion in 2002, while Japan's net flow of foreign direct investment to India rose from $125 million in 2003 to $515 million in 2006.

However, these numbers still lag those of India's other big trading partners, with bilateral trade between India and the United States, for example, hitting $32 billion in 2006.

It still strikes us that the integration of India into the Anglosphere is the most underreported story of the 21st Century and the Bush presidency.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 24, 2007 7:39 AM

That and the fact that we sneaked Japan in through the side door.

Posted by: Mike Morley at October 24, 2007 8:01 AM

India is a goner and not into Anglosphere. Communists own the govt and population growth is coming from the two most backward states of UP and Bihar.
Upper castes have committed demographic suicide thus lowering the IQ level.

Posted by: Bisaal at October 25, 2007 6:49 AM

Nothing funnier than eugenics within a "race." Like the National Association for the Advancement of Certain People.

Posted by: oj at October 25, 2007 10:37 AM