Addressing the board members of India Center Foundation, Hon. Prime Minister said:

I have always strongly believed that Strong India is good for Japan and Strong Japan is good for India. I spoke about it with the Indian Foreign Minister and at the Japan-India business forum. And this is the basis of my conversations with the Indian Prime Minister Hon. Narendra Modi as well. I must tell you all today that my dear friend- Vibhav co-authored this mantra with me in 2005, and it forms the backbone of the India-Japan relationship.  H.E. Shinzo Abe

The Chairman and board members of India Center Foundation had the privilege of one-on-one interaction with H.E. Shinzo Abe, Honorable Prime Minister of Japan on December 11, 2015 at the Taj Palace hotel. Prime Minister Abe is a mentor and a supporter of the foundation, which has been working towards India’s national development process and the India-Japan Global Partnership for nearly two decades.

Ahead of his visit to Varanasi, Hon. Abe said:

The role of India Center in India-Japan relationship is significant. The foundation has been working for a very long time in ideating and authoring initiatives including but not limited to the Varanasi-Kyoto partnership, DMIC and high-speed train. In 2005, I visited India just ahead of the visit by the then Prime Minister- Hon. Junichiro Koizumi. At that time, Vibhav and I visited many key policy leaders including the then Prime Minister- Dr. Manmohan Singh and conveyed these ideas and initiatives. H.E. Shinzo Abe

He further said: “I look forward to India Center putting forward many such initiatives.”

Thanking Hon. Abe for his unwavering support for more than twenty years, the ICF Chairman, Mr. Vibhav Kant Upadhyay said:

The India-Japan relationship is based on the principle of R-M-E (Relationship-Mechanism-Execution.) The relationship between the two countries is very strong and now mechanisms are needed in order to expect any execution which will undoubtedly lead to empowerment. Shri Vibhav Kant Upadhyay

On the occasion, Mr. Upadhyay presented Hon. Abe with an Indian traditional jacket as a symbol of friendship and gratitude.

ICF was honored to note that Hon. Abe wore the same jacket during the special occasion of Ganga Aarati in Varanasi

India Center Foundation presented Hon. Abe with a report on the Foundation’s Healthcare Initiative. The initiative is based on the same vision as the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) and attempts to provide solution to India’s healthcare challenges with the support of Global Partner-Japan.