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Japan Desk

Invest India Japan Team is your one-stop-shop for exploring and materializing your entry plans to India.

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Our Existing Relations

Economic relations between Japan and India go back to 752 A.D. with Indian monks performing rituals in Buddhist temples across Japan. However, in 20th and 21st centuries, strong bilateral commerce and investment relations were developed. Japan has invested over USD 27 bn since April 2000, with key sectors including IT, construction machinery and automobile.

Some Major Japanese Investors:


  • Maruti Suzuki, one of India’s oldest JV in the automobile sector, has a market share of more than 49% in passenger vehicles.
  • Canon is the market leader in DSLR camera devices and expects its revenues to reach USD 550 mn by 2020.
  • Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently announced to invest USD 35 bn in India by 2020 for infrastructure development.

Recent Investments

  • March 2018

    Suzuki Motor Corp to set-up 17 automobile ancillary plants in Hansalpur, Gujarat, with an expected investment inflow of USD 131 mn.

  • March 2018

    Japan's largest egg producer, Ise Foods signs MoU with the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, India to offer support in poultry, egg production and the upcoming Ise-Suzuki Mega Project in Telangana with an investment commitment of USD 34 mn.

  • March 2018

    Kobelco Construction Equipment Co. starts expanding the manufacturing capacity at its facility in Sri City in Andhra Pradesh, with a planned investment of around USD 11.5 mn.

  • March 2018

    Nissan eyeing on Techno Park, Kerala to set up its R&D facility to promote innovation, expected to create about 500 high-end jobs in its first phase.

  • February 2018

    Panasonic India sets up its maiden refrigerator manufacturing factory in Haryana with an investment of USD 18 mn.

  • February 2018

    Japan’s Sumitomo Corp and Indian auto-component manufacturer Krishna Group announces 50:50 JV in Indian real-estate market to set up Krisumi City Project in Gurugram in Haryana, with a planned investment of USD 2 bn.

  • August 2017

    Japanese MNC Toray plans to set up its unit to manufacture technical textiles in Sri City in Andhra Pradesh, with expected investment inflow of USD 157 mn.

Japan Desk

The Japan Team at Invest India is your one-stop-shop exploring and materializing your India entry plans. Working closely with the Union Ministries, States and regulatory authorities, we bring to you a seamless experience in kick-starting your India business.

Key Functions

  • An entire spectrum of investment promotion - research, outreach, promotion, facilitation, and aftercare
  • Initiating, attracting, facilitating, fast-tracking and handholding Japanese investments across sectors
  • Providing information on investment opportunities across sectors, in specific projects
  • Extending holistic support to the small and medium enterprises from Japan with interest in investing in India

Team Advantages

  • Expediting license approval
  • Provide policy advocacy
  • Location Assessment
  • Business Advisory
  • Issue Redressal

Our Team Members

Priya Rawat
Principal Investment Specialist, Japan Desk

Specializes in Renewable Energy and Chemicals sectors

Swetali Mohapatra
Senior Investment Specialist, Japan Desk

Specializes in Aviation, and Metals and Mining sectors

Deepti Gupta
Senior Investment Specialist, Japan Desk

Specializes in Chemicals and Logistics sectors

Raja Singh Khurana
Senior Investment specialist, Japan Desk

Specializes in Tourism sector

Akriti Bajaj
Investment specialist, Japan Desk

Specializes in Tourism, Healthcare, and Wellness sectors

India and Japan are ancient civilizations and vibrant democracies. Japan needs opportunities where it can deploy its hard-earned knowledge and technology. With the strength of our friendship and mutual trust, I invite more and more Japanese people and companies to come, live and work in India.

Narendra Modi, Hon’ble PM of India

I would like to state that India-Japan partnership is special, strategic and global. India can become the factory of the world if both countries combine their efforts. We are committed to the policy of Make in India.

Shinzo Abe, Hon’ble PM of Japan

Japan and India are getting closer and closer. It is not just economic engagement, it is people to people exchange that is happening. Prime Minister Abe has a special interest in strengthening our bilateral relationship.

Kenji Hiramatsu, Ambassador of Japan to India

Success Stories

Sri City, Andhra Pradesh

Sri City is a business city situated 50 km north of the metropolis of Chennai in southern India. It encompasses well-planned and dedicated zones for industry and business…

Joint Venture between Maruti Udyog and Suzuki Motor Corp

JV between Maruti Udyog Ltd. (MUL) of India and Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) of Japan was formed in 1983. The company has already acquired more than 49% of total automobile…

Japanese Industrial Zone, Neemrana

Neemrana Japanese Zone in Rajasthan, a unique experiment in India to group together, under a single canopy, companies from an individual country – Japan. It is also the first…

Sectoral Synergies

Information Technology


$130 bn Expected value of Japan’s IT market by 2019

$350 bn Revenue expected from India’s IT&BPM sector by 2025

Construction Machinery


$19.5 bn worth construction equipment shipped from Japan in 2016

$5 bn revenue expected from construction equipment in India by 2020

3rd India to become 3rd largest construction market by 2025

Food Processing


$33 bn expected investment inflow in the sector in India by 2020

$543 bn expected value of the industry in India by 2020

$184 bn value of Japanese food processing industry in 2015



89% of Japan’s total manufacturing is taken up by automotive sector

$300 bn expected value of India’s auto industry by 2026

$18 bn annual investment in R&D by Japanese automotive companies

Latest News

Jul 06, 2018 Gujarat to attract Japanese investments worth Rs. 200 bn: Gujarat CM Rupani
May 25, 2018 Consul-General of Japan evinces interest in Sri City
May 18, 2018 Maruti Suzuki set to drive in biggest ever capacity expansion in India

Indo-Japan Relations

  • Diplomatic ties between Japan and India were established in April 1952 when the Peace Treaty was signed between the two countries post World War-II.

  • 60th anniversary of the signing of the Cultural Agreement between the two nations was celebrated in 2017. 

  • Japan announced its Country Assistance Policy in 2016, providing Official Development Assistance (ODA) to build India’s critical infrastructure and address social and environmental issues resulting from rapid growth.

  • Special Strategic and Global Partnership between the two countries aims to build a deep and broad-based collaborations in areas like defence, power, biotechnology and security and connectivity in Indo-Pacific region.

  • Japan is the 3rd largest investor in the Indian economy with cumulative FDI inflows of USD 26.9 bn during 2000-17, contributing 7.5% to India’s total FDI inflows during the same period.

  • The imports to India from Japan stood at USD 9.8 mn in 2016, making it India’s 10th largest import partner. India’s exports to Japan stood at USD 3.8 mn in 2016, making it India’s 19th largest export partner.

  • The imports showed a growth of 107% in a span of 10 years, reaching USD 9.8 mn in 2016 from USD 4.7 mn in 2006. Key imports from Japan include machinery and transport equipment, chemicals and related products and iron and steel.

  • India’s exports to Japan grew from USD 2.8 mn in 2006 to USD 3.8 mn in 2016, growing at a rate of 36% in 10 years. Key exports to Japan include petroleum and related products, mineral fuels such as coal and coke, office and industrial machinery and leather goods.

  • While San, Sama or Sensei are commonly used honorifics in Japan; Shri or Ji are used in India. Both the nations have rich martial arts history - while Japan has Judo and Karate; India has Kalari and Silambam.

  • Indian Culture Centre in Tokyo was inaugurated in 2009, with aim to promote the concept of ‘Open Embassy’ and focus on cultural outreach with facilities for courses in Indian music, dance and yoga and for organizing exhibitions, film shows and workshops. 

  • Indian god Lord Ganesha is worshipped in Japan as Kangiten, God of Conjugal Harmony, Child-Giving and Long Life. Ganesha’s other Japanese monikers include Shoten and Binayaka.

  • There are more than 2,000 restaurants in Japan serving Indian food. In the Meiji Era, British soldiers from India introduced curry in Japan. Now, Japanese chefs participate in “Curry Grand Prix” to exhibit skills at cooking the dish.