The Indo-Japanese friendship during the Covid-19 crisis is more relevant for global stability and prosperity, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on June 27.
The PM was speaking after virtually inaugurating a Japanese Zen garden and Kaizen Academy set up at the premises of the Ahmedabad Management Association (AMA). PM in his address said that the opening of the Zen garden and the Kaizen Academy will deepen ties between the two countries.
According to reports, ‘Zen Garden – Kaizen Academy’ is a joint endeavour of the Japan Information & Study Centre at the AMA and the Indo-Japan Friendship Association (IJFA), Gujarat, supported by the Hyogo International Association (HIA) Japan.
The PM said, “We have the confidence of centuries-old cultural ties and a common vision for the future. On the basis of the same, we have been continuously strengthening our Special Strategic and Global Partnership. We have also made a special arrangement of Japan-Plus in PMO. When former Prime Minister of Japan and my friend Shinzo Abe came to Gujarat, it had given a new pace to Indo-Japan relations. He was very excited with the bullet train project. Even today, when we talk, he remembers his Gujarat visit,” Modi said.
“The current Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihide Suga, too, is a very clear-sighted person. PM Suga and I believe that in this current era of Covid-19 pandemic, our friendship and partnership has become even more relevant for global stability and prosperity. Today, when many global challenges are facing us, it is the need of the hour that our friendship and relations become stronger day by day. And effort like Kaizen Academy is certainly a beautiful example of that,” he added.
Prime Minister also thanked the leaders of Hyōgo Prefecture for their contribution to the establishment of the Zen Garden and Kaizen Academy.