Key agreements signed between India and Japan in various fields

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India and Japan have signed 14 agreements in the fields of high-speed trains, defence equipment and technology, security, infrastructure, education and economy including civil nuclear energy. The agreements were signed after the delegation-level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.

Key agreements signed are :

Agreement on cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy : 

  • India and Japan signed a pact on civilian nuclear cooperation after five years of negotiations. Under the pact both sides have confirmed cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. The final deal will be signed after certain technical and legal issues are thrashed out.

Pact on high-speed trains : 

  • India and Japan have signed an MoU which confirms cooperation in developing Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail corridor using Japanese high-speed rail technologies and financial and technical assistance.

Agreement for transfer of defence equipment and technology: 

  • This agreement provides a framework to enhance defence and security cooperation by making available to each other defence equipment and technology necessary to implement joint research, development and/or production projects

Agreement concerning security measures for the protection of classified military information:

  • This agreement ensures the reciprocal protection of classified military information transmitted to each other, provided that the terms of protection are consistent with the national laws and regulations of the Receiving Party

Agreement on amending protocol of double taxation avoidance: 

  • This agreement amends the convention between India and Japan for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income, signed in 1989.

Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) between India's ministry of railways and Japan's MLIT (ministry of land, infrastructure, transport and tourism): 

  • This memorandum establishes areas for comprehensive technological cooperation, including sharing of information and best practices; exchanges of officials and technicians; facilitating the participation of other institutions, organisations and ministries; conducting joint research and studies.

Pact on technological cooperation between India's Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO) and Japan's Railway Technical Research Institute (JRTRI): 

  • This memorandum proposes cooperation in the areas of safety in train operations; advanced techniques of maintenance; use of environment-friendly technologies etc.

MoC between India's Central Drugs Standard Control Organization and Japan's ministry of health, labour and welfare: 

  • The memorandum establishes the medical products regulation dialogue and cooperation framework to facilitate a constructive dialogue in areas pertinent to raw materials for pharmaceutical use, biological products and medical devices.

MoC in the field of education between India's Ministry of Human Resource Development and Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology: 

  • The memorandum encourages development of contacts and cooperation between the educational institutions of the two countries and possible support for exchange of aspiring students between India and Japan.

MoU between Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (IIM-A) and Japan's National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS): 

  • The memorandum promotes collaboration between the two institutions to enrich the intellectual environment of both.

Apart from theses  agreements and pacts both countries also issued a joint statement on "India and Japan Vision 2025: Special Strategic and Global Partnership Working Together for Peace and Prosperity of the Indo-Pacific Region and the World". India will also extended visa an arrival (VoA) facility for Japanese nationals, including businessmen from 1st March 2016.

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