The second India-Japan 2+2 Ministerial Meeting will be held in Japan.
About the second India-Japan 2+2 dialogue:
India-Japan’s special strategic and global partnership is based on shared values of democracy, freedom, and respect for rule of law.
The ‘2+2’ dialogue with Japan was initiated in 2019. In the 2+2 dialogue, the two sides are expected to deliberate on ways to further expand bilateral cooperation in the areas of defence and security besides taking stock of the developments in the Indo-Pacific.
It is an initiative to deepen bilateral security and defence cooperation further and bring greater depth to the special strategic and global partnership between the two countries.
India has the ‘2+2’ ministerial format of dialogue with very few countries, including the US, Japan, Australia, and Russia.
History of India-Japan Relations:
The friendship between India and Japan has a long history rooted in spiritual affinity and strong cultural and civilization ties.
The exchange between Japan and India is said to have begun in the 6th century when Buddhism was introduced to Japan.
Indian culture, filtered through Buddhism, has had a great impact on Japanese culture, and this is the source of the Japanese people’s sense of closeness to India.
Japan and India signed a peace treaty and established diplomatic relations on 28th April 1952.
This treaty was one of the first peace treaties Japan signed after World War II.
Ever since the establishment of diplomatic relations, the two countries have enjoyed cordial relations.
In the Post-World War II period, India’s iron ore helped a great deal in Japan’s recovery from the devastation.
India-Japan has strategic cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region. They both are part of QUAD and the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework.
India-Japan has a 2+2 Ministers Dialogue mechanism along with many other channels to strengthen India-Japan Relations.