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Japan to invite 25 people from Manipur and Nagaland to visit country: Kenji

Correspondent/Agencies IMPHAL/GUWAHATI, MAY 21
Published on 22 May. 2017 12:09 AM IST
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Japan’s Ambassador to India, Kenji Hiramatsu, who was on a state visit to Manipur to attend the 73rd anniversary commemoration of the Battle of Imphal (WWII), informed that the Japanese government would be inviting at least 25 persons from Manipur and Nagaland to visit Japan as part of the ‘people to people’ contact programme.
Stressing on the need to build stronger ties with states like Manipur and Nagaland, Hiramatsu also sought the cooperation of the people in finding out the places where bodies of the World War II soldiers were buried.
He said the battle of Imphal and Kohima was the most fearsome battle fought during the World War II where over 70000 Japanese soldiers laid down their lives. For this, he said the Japanese government has taken the initiative to locate the bodies of those soldiers buried at various places. 
The Ambassador also informed about Japan’s desire to build a war museum at Maibam Lokpa Ching, Bishnupur district, a historically important place where the British and the Japanese soldiers fought during WW-II.  He said the Japan was also looking forward to enhance cooperation with India, especially with Manipur in the field of education, sports, arts and culture.
As a part of enhancing the cooperation, he said a seminar would be held in Imphal in November for students who are interested to study in Japan.
Offers help for projects
Earlier, Ambassador Kenji during a meeting with union minister of state for DoNER, Jitendra Singh in Delhi, conveyed his government’s inclination to invest in the North East and also offer any other feasible support for new ventures.
Japan officially offered support for various ongoing, as well as upcoming development and infrastructure projects, in Nagaland, Manipur and Assam.
“He (Hiramatsu) said the NE region has immense potential and with the kind of priority being given to the region by the Government of India, the Government of Japan looks forward to engage itself as a partner at different levels, both financially and otherwise,” a government spokesman said.
“He said besides trade and entrepreneurship, the government of Japan also has an emotional link with the region” because it was in the area (Manipur and Nagaland) during the WW-II where thousands of Japanese soldiers were killed.
The DoNER minister, appreciating the offer made by Japan and said ministry of DoNER will look forward to engagement of Japanese resources in the making of roads and bridges in the NE region among others.

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