India-Japan Current Affairs

India inks MoC to send interns to Japan for training

India and Japan have signed memorandum of cooperation (MoC) on Technical Intern Training Programme (TITP) to significantly expand the bilateral cooperation s in the field of skill development.

India is the third country with which Japan has signed the MoC. Under it, India will send youngsters to Japan as technical interns for on-the-job training for a period of three to five years.

Key Facts

TITP will serve as an ideal platform through which complementary strengths of India and Japan will be leveraged for mutual benefit. The technical interns trained in Japan under TITP will be an asset for the Skill India initiative upon their return to India. It will significantly contribute of Government’s vision of making India as largest provider of skilled workforce to the world.

Technical Intern Training Programme (TITP)

It was launched by Japan under Technical Intern Training Act scheduled to come into force in November 2017. By 2016-end, approximately 2,30,000 technical intern trainees from multiple countries were trained in Japan under it. In 2016, about 1,08,709 technical interns entered Japan from various partner countries such as China, Vietnam and Indonesia that account for large numbers.

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INS Satpura, Kadmatt participates in Passage Exercise in Japan

Indian Naval Ships Satpura and Kadmatt participated in Passage Exercise (PASSEX) with Japanese Marine Self Defence Force (JMSDF) held at Sasebo, Japan. These ships are participating in the exercise in pursuance of India’s Act East Policy and demonstration of India’s commitment to peace and stability in Indo-Pacific Region. The visiting Indian Naval ships engaged with JMSDF in formal calls and also professional, social and sporting interactions.

Comment

The visit of these ships is part India’s initiatives to strengthen long standing, mutually supportive and strong relationship between Japan and India which spans across wide spectrum of cultural, spiritual, economic and security relations.

Background

Naval ties between India and Japan have reached new heights with bilateral and multilateral exercises since first ‘Navy to Navy Staff Talks’ between two nations in November 2008. Since then, naval ties have enhanced to cooperation in information sharing, meteorology and oceanography, disaster management and military training.

The defence and security interaction also expanded to encompass Defence Policy Dialogue and a Maritime Affairs Dialogue. Regular bilateral and multilateral maritime exercises are foundation for strong naval relations between both countries. The erstwhile Japan–India Maritime Exercise (JIMEX) led to Japan participating in ‘MALABAR’ exercise (a tripartite naval exercise between India, US and Japan) since 2014.

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