The friendship between India and Japan is a long relationship rooted in strong cultural and civilizational ties with the earliest documented direct contact between India and Japan dating back to 752 A.D.

In the modern era, the two countries have sustained their strong relationship as evidenced by several high-level meetings and economic ties. In 2014, this friendship was elevated to a Special Strategic and Global Partnership. During the same summit, Prime Minister Abe pledged to realize public and private investments worth JPY 3.5 tn and doubling of the number of Japanese companies in India over the next five years. 

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 $550 mn by 2020.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently announced to invest $35 bn in India by 2020 for infrastructure development.

    • Diplomatic ties between India and Japan were established in 1952 with the signing of the Peace Treaty post World War II.

    • The two countries have several institutional dialogue mechanisms, including a 2+2 Dialogue at the Foreign and Defence Secretaries level, which are held regularly, at senior official and functional levels to exchange views on bilateral issues as well as regional and international cooperation. 

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

    • In a special gesture, India announced “visa on arrival” scheme for all Japanese travellers, including for business purposes, from March 1, 2016.

    • A Comprehensive Economic Partnership was concluded between India and Japan in 2011.

    • Japan is the 3rd largest investor in the Indian economy with cumulative FDI inflows of $27.28 bn during 2000-18, contributing 7% to India’s total FDI inflows during the same period.

    • The imports to India from Japan stood at $10.97 bn in 2017-18, making it India’s 12th largest import partner. India’s exports to Japan stood at $4.73 bn in 2017-18, making it India’s 18th largest export partner.

    • India's imports showed a growth of 73% in a span of 11 years, reaching $10.97 bn in 2017-18 from $6.3 bn in 2007-08. Key imports from Japan include electrical machinery and transport equipment, chemicals and related products, and iron and steel.

    • India’s exports showed a growth of 22% in a span of 11 years, reaching $4.73 bn in 2017-18 from $3.85 bn in 2007-08. Key exports to Japan include petroleum and related products, mineral fuels such as coal and coke, and organic chemicals.

    • India and Japan have had strong cultural ties for centuries due to the spread of Buddhism through East Asia; Japanese Buddhism continues to play a major role in Japanese society resulting in a strong shared identity between Indian and Japanese people.

    • Initial cultural relations between India and Japan post World War II were initiated in 1949 by the Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, who donated an Indian elephant to the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo.

    • The 1952 Peace Treaty between India and Japan was followed by a Cultural Agreement signed in 1956 between the two countries.

    • The Cultural Agreement established a system of cultural exchange between Japan and India through scientific, artistic, and educational endeavours; the agreement also created two Indian-Japanese Mixed Commissions, which govern overall cultural exchange policy.

    • More recent examples of cultural exchange between both countries include the creation of The Vivekananda Cultural Centre in Tokyo in September 2009 and the series of events organized by the Embassy and Consulate General, centered around the 3rd International Day of Yoga in June 2017.

Prominent Investments

Japan in India

The monumental affiliation with Toyota Motor Corporation in…

Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd. operates as a subsidiary of…

The company has been in India since last 37 years.

Maruti Suzuki India Limited manufactures, purchases, and sells…

India in Japan

Japan Tata Consultancy Services Co. Ltd. was established In…

TCS in Japan is a joint venture between Mitsubishi Corporation (49…

Infosys has been present in Japan for the past 15 years.

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Recent Investments

Bugworks raises $9 mn Series-A funding to develop antibiotics to fight superbugs 

The Series A funding and the CARB-X award will enable Bugworks to take its drugs to clinical trials, and find new ways to fight the global threat of drug resistance.

SoftBank’s India investment hits $8 bn mark

In December 2014, Masayoshi Son, founder of Japanese internet giant SoftBank Group said that his group would invest $10 bn in the Indian market by 2024. However, within five years, since Son made that remark, SoftBank has already achieved the $8 bn mark and is likely to surpass the committed amount much before the targeted year.

17 auto ancillary units to come up near Suzuki's Hansalpur plant

Suzuki Motor Corp is planning to set-up 17 automobile ancillary plants in Bhagapura near their Hansalpur plant in Gujarat, with an expected investment inflow of $131 mn.

Nissan likely to set up its digital hub in Technopark, Kerala

Nissan is eyeing on Technopark in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala to set up its R&D facility to promote innovation. The venture is expected to create about 500 high-end jobs in its first phase.

Kobelco Construction Equipment breaks ground for plant expansion in Sri City

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

Ise Foods looking to invest in poultry farm and egg-processing industry

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 $34 mn.

Sumitomo enters Indian realty sector with $2 bn project

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 $2 bn.

Panasonic inaugurates their maiden refrigerator factory

Panasonic India sets up their maiden refrigerator manufacturing factory in Haryana with an investment of $18 mn

Sega Sammy, GHV Accelerator to put $100k each in 10 startups 

Japanese entertainment company Sega Sammy is partnering with Gurugram-based GHV Accelerator to invest a minimum seed fund of $1,00,000 each in 10 startups

Japan’s Recruit Group, others invest in online lending startup Rubique

Rubique, a Mumbai-based online marketplace for financial products, has raised an undisclosed amount in a funding round led by Japan's Recruit Group and Russian venture capital firm Emery Capital.

Japanese MNC Toray to invest in Sri City in Andhra Pradesh

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

Investible Projects

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Japan Desk

The Japan Desk 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

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.

Shri Narendra Modi, Hon'ble Prime Minister of India

I would like to state that the 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 Prime Minister 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

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    The monumental affiliation with Toyota Motor Corporation in 1997 further attests our determination to work towards the growth of the Indian industry.

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    The company has been in India since last 37 years.

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    Japan Tata Consultancy Services Co. Ltd. was established In 2014.

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  • Automobiles

    • 3rd

      largest heavy trucks manufacturer

    • 4th 

      largest car manufacturer

      • Largest two-wheeler and three-wheeler manufacturer
      • 2nd largest bus manufacturer 
      • Highest ever exports of two-wheelers
      • Highest ever exports of three-wheelers 
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  • Medical Devices

    • 4th

      largest market in Asia, top 20 globally 

    • $6.1 bn

      Current market size 

      • 100% FDI allowed through the Automatic Route
      • Indian health insurance penetration is expected to reach over $8 bn by FY 2020
      • The medical devices industry is growing at a CAGR of 16% 
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  • Textiles and Garments

    • 2nd

      largest textiles and apparel exporter 

    • 95%

      of the world's hand-woven fabrics are made in India 

      • Largest producer of cotton and jute
      • 2nd largest producer polyester, silk and fibre
      • Contributes 2% to India's GDP
      • Incorporates 14% of the total industrial production
      • Incorporates 7% of industry output in value terms
      • Employs over 45 mn people
      • 100% FDI in the Indian textile sector
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  • Electronic Systems

    • 2nd

      largest smartphone market 

    • 3rd

      largest scientific and technical manpower

      • $400 bn market size by 2023-24
      • $112 bn electronics market size in 2017-18 
      • Imports 50% of its current demand for electronic products
      • 100% FDI through Automatic Route


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  • Food Processing

    • 2nd

      in the world in total food production 

    • 2nd

      largest producer of fish in the world 

      • Largest producer of milk in the world
      • 2nd largest global producer of horticulture crops
      • Largest producer, consumer and exporter of spices and spice products
      • 100% FDI is allowed
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  • Renewable Energy

    • 70+ GW

      installed capacity of renewable energy 

    • 4th

      highest installed wind capacity 

      • 5th largest in renewable energy capacity globally
      • 5th largest for installed solar capacity
      • Largest renewable energy capacity expansion programme in the world
      • 100% FDI is allowed in all renewable sources of power
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