Indo-Japan Friendship Group

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Pedestal Through Regular Activities by U.K.S. Chauhan, President

Minutes of the third meeting
Ship for World Youth Alumni Association-India (SWYAA-India) has formed an Indo-Japan Friendship Group (IJFG) with an aim to promote people to people contact, alliance and cross cultural exchange between India and Japan. Informal meetings are held once in a quarter for social and cultural interactions with Ex-PYsand representatives from diverse fields such as social development, art, cultural, industries, commerce, religion, academics and students.

The purpose of the IJFG is to bring Indians and Japanese together to encourage people to people contact, share views and learn each others cultures and enhance understanding to facilitate dialogue between Indian and Japanese youth.


In each of the meetings, guest speakers were invited for giving interactive presentation. Some of the topics covered have been- Indo-Japan relationship over the years, trade relations, celebration hundred years of introduction of Hindi in Japan, Japanese international development initiatives in India, creative expressions of children of India and Japan through art, exchange of music and culture between India and Japan, personal experiences and sharing about the exchange programs like Ship for World Youth program.

Key persons who attended the meetings of the Indo-Japan Friendship group discussed the common projects between the Indian and Japanese people. During this many projects were successfully inaugurated and others were completed. Representation levels was from the Former Secretary to Government of India, former Ambassador, Government departments, Representatives fromJapan Embassy, JICA India, Japanese companies and Japanese institutions, students from Japanese Universities, ex-participants from the Ship for World Youth (SWY) program from India, Japan and various participating countries and others interested in cross cultural exchange between India and Japan. So far twelve meetings have been held.

The Indo-Japan Friendship Group invites Japanese and Indians with common interest to join the group to deepen understanding of each others culture and way of life for promoting better relations between our two countries.
Level of Participation in IIFG Meetings
In the ninth meeting the Chief Guest was H.E. Mr. HideakiDomichi, Ambassador of Japan in India and Madam Noriko Domichi which eminent Art Historian and scholar Prof. Lokesh Chandra gave a illuminated lectureon ‘Cultural interflow between India and Japan’. The proceedings of the meeting were brought out as a bilingual document in English and Japanese.

In the tenth meeting of the Indo-Japan Friendship Group Mr. Koji Yamada, SeniorRepresentative of JICA office in Delhi gave a presentation on the ‘Elderly care in Japan’ along with the Mr. Mathew Cherian, Chief Executive of the organization ‘Help Age India’ gave the perspective of initiatives for elderly care in India.

In the eleventh meeting of the Indo-Japan Friendship Group the main speakers were Dr. UnitaSachidanand who spoke on ‘People to people contact of India and Japan through Literature’ and a presentation was made by Dr. DharitriChakravarty on ‘Key to understanding Japanese Culture and Society.

In the twelfth Indo-Japan Friendship meeting special invitation was for eleven Japanese students studying Hindi from the Department of South and West Asian Studies, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS) who attended the event along with their Professor Dr. Suresh Rituparna and two Ex-PYs from Canada and Peru. The students introduced themselves in Hindi, shared their Indian experience of visiting cities in Rajasthan, about Indian culture and people and expressed their deep admiration for the people of India. They sang two Japanese songs which was translated by their Professor and joined us in singing the Hindi version of ‘We shall overcome someday’. Speaking on this occasion Former Ambassador of India in Japan ShriArjunAsraniji said the SWYAA-India is one of the most active organizations promoting people to people contact and Indo-Japan relations. Other prominent persons were Mr. KensakuKonishi, President Canon India Private Limited, Mr. Koji Yamada, Senior Representative of JICA office in Delhi, Mr. Masahiro Nagira, third Secretary Embassy of Japan (Japan Information Center), Dr. Vineeta Shankar, Executive Director, SASAKAWA India Leprosy Foundation also spoke on this occasion
For further information contact:

Mrs. ShobhanaRadhakrishna, Chief Executive
Ship for World Youth Alumni Association–India
Address: Block C- 4/B, 13/88,  Janakpuri, New Delhi-110058, India
Phone: 011-25529118  Email