India, Japan for cooperation in sports, collaboration in science & technology

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, May 6, 2016

India and Japan will, in the coming days, extend their cooperation in the sports arena and strengthen collaboration in science & technology.
This was decided at separate meetings a 12-member delegation from Japan led by Mr. Hase Hiroshi, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology held with Mr. Sarbananda Sonowal, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports and Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences Harsh Vardhan.
At the meeting with Mr Sonowal, both sides agreed for exchange of sportspersons, coaches, sports experts and sports administrators and decided that they will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the field of sports. 
In the wake of India hosting the Under-17 FIFA World Cup in 2017, both sides agreed for promotion of football and exchange of players and coaches. It was also agreed that the two countries will also play friendly football matches. 
Mr. Hiroshi said Japan has launched ‘Sport for Tomorrow’ to promote sports among more than 10 million people in 100 nations between 2014 and 2020, the year when Tokyo will host the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The goal is to spread values learnt through sports and increase awareness of the Olympic and Paralympic movement to people of all generations worldwide, he added. 
The Minister said India may also consider taking coaches, instructors from Japan under this programme. Mr. Sonowal welcomed the offer and stated that India will certainly like to avail of coaches and instructors in those sports disciplines where Japan is strong. 
The Japanese Minister also extended an invitation to Mr Sonowal to attend the “World Forum on Sport and Culture” to be held in October 2016 in Tokyo. The invitation was accepted.
At the meeting with Dr Harsh Vardhan, both Ministers discussed steps to strengthen collaboration in science & technology. The meeting was a follow-up of the one held six months earlier in Japan. Several joint projects are already in progress and more are in the planning stage.
India and Japan are in close collaboration in several focus areas and projects like Artificial Intelligence, Energy, Ocean Sciences and Marine Instrumentation, High Skill Development, Use & Analysis of Big Data, Research & Development and Bio Information.
These projects include the exchange of students, training for Indian scientists, joint research programmes and scholarships. 
Both the governments attach a lot of significance on the joint collaborations in various spheres of science & technology, the release added.