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As two of the biggest democracies in the most populous and dynamic region in the world, the many values that Japan and India share are crucial to ensuring stability in the Asia-Pacific and beyond. As conflict over territorial expansion, securing resources, and interpretation of history continue to raise tensions among Asian nations, the shared ideology between Japan and India has been regarded as the basis of a strong partnership to promote regional growth. In fact, growing ties between the two countries is increasingly viewed as a counterbalance to the shifting power dynamics in Asia. The question, though, is to what extent their mutual concerns can lead to a lasting partnership.

Days after Japanese and Indian Prime Ministers Abe and Modi met in Japan in the autumn of 2014 amid much public fanfare and positive media coverage, the Woodrow Wilson Center hosted a conference on the outlook for Japan-India relations. Edited by Shihoko Goto, this book collects essays by Makoto Kojima, Satoru Nagao, Tomoko Kiyota, Sourabh Gupta, and Michael Kugelman based on discussions from the conference that assessed prospects for bilateral relations between Japan and India.

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Asia Program

The Asia Program promotes policy debate and intellectual discussions on U.S. interests in the Asia-Pacific as well as political, economic, security, and social issues relating to the world’s most populous and economically dynamic region.   Read more