Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe achieved a landslide victory in the election which drops hint at the commencement of an important time in Asian Geopolitics and likely to boost Japan’s bilateral relationship with India. Both Japanese government and Modi government unequivocally want to institutionalize their ties and establish a sturdier relationship for a greater good near future.
As soon as the news of Abe’s electoral victory broke in the media, Modi took to Twitter to congratulate Shinzo Abe in both English and Japanese.
He could not stop gushing over the monumental win of Shinzo Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party with a sweeping majority in the lower house of Japan’s Parliament.
Liberal Democratic Party will create history if it wins the parliamentary elections next year making Abe the longest serving Prime Minister of Japan. Modi is really looking forward to the win as India is likely to benefit a lot from it. Modi, being the prolific politician, always maintained a good rapport with Japan and he also shares a strong personal camaraderie with Shinzo Abe himself. They have many things in common ranging from a similar style of leadership to broad ideological likeness. Both Modi and Abe are keen to focus on the geopolitical, economic and strategic partnership of interests that will reap the benefit for both the countries in the long haul.
Both Japan and India are ancient civilizations and the leader have no qualms in joining hands to take the friendship forward to perpetuate the shared glory. Abe wants to remain friends to India forever toeing the lines of his grandfather NobusukeKishi, the then Prime Minister of Japan who also vowed to be a confidante to India during his stint during Jawaharlal Nehru. It’s more likely, however for the Modi government to acknowledge Nehru’s contribution in sprucing up the ties but he is seemingly aware of the importance of strengthening bilateral relationships with Japan to gain an upper hand in China. Modi is gearing up to institutionalize the ties at earliest possible hence.
Modi invited Japan in the joint Naval exercise in his first few moves as a Prime Minister which displeased China to a certain extent. In fact, Japan’s participation in the Malabar exercise which is crucial for maintaining a rules-based order in the Indian Ocean and the broader Asia Pacific region which serves as a fulcrum of India’s maritime engagement with the US and Japan has been institutionalized.
Looks like Beijing is sure going to be robbed of its sleep as India firms up the ties with Tokyo. We are only hoping for the best here.