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 the 20th  and 21st centuries, strong bilateral commerce and investment relations were developed. Japan has invested over $27 bn since April 2000, with key sectors including IT, construction machinery and automobile.

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

    • The 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 aim to build a deep and broad-based collaboration in areas like defence, power, biotechnology and security and connectivity in the Indo-Pacific region.

    • Japan is the 3rd largest investor in the Indian economy with cumulative FDI inflows of $26.9 bn during 2000-18, contributing 7.5% to India’s total FDI inflows during the same period.

    • The imports to India from Japan stood at $9.8 mn in 2016, making it India’s 10th largest import partner. India’s exports to Japan stood at $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 $9.8 mn in 2016 from $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 $2.8 mn in 2006 to $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 an 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 to Japan. Now, Japanese chefs participate in “Curry Grand Prix” to exhibit skills at cooking the dish.

Recent Investments

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Success Stories

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    Japanese Industrial Zone, Neemrana

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  • 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

      • Japan has one of the largest ICT industry in the world as a single country. The industry was estimated to be over $325 bn in 2013, ranking 3rd largest single-country market in the world.
      • India is the 3rd largest tech start-up hub in the world, with the presence of the 2nd highest number of internet subscribers.
      • Japanese consumer electronics major Panasonic and ITeS provider Tata Consultancy Services and Tata Elxsi collaborated to develop smart solutions and products for its customers in India and neighbouring countries.
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  • Construction Machinery

    • $19.5 bn 

      Value of construction equipment shipped from Japan in 2016

    • $5 bn 

      Revenue expected from construction equipment in India by 2020

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      India to become 3rd largest construction market by 2025

      • Japan is one of the top exporters of construction equipment in the world, with estimated exports of $2.6 bn during 2011-15 making it the 3rd largest exporter during the same period.
      • India’s construction market, expected to emerge as the world’s 3rd largest market by 2025, currently attracts 2nd highest FDI in India and is estimated at $136 bn.
      • Tata Hitachi Construction Machinery Company, a JV between Hitachi and Tata, through its production unit in Kharagpur is a hub for exporting to developing countries.
      • Komatsu Ltd., one of world’s leading manufacturer of construction machinery has its presence in India since 1,958 across seven states, with established manufacturing units in Chennai and Bengaluru.
      • JICA worked with the Ministry of Railways in India for conducting pre-feasibility studies on the seven potential High-Speed Railway (HSR) corridors. They collaboratively developed the alignment plan for the first HSR Corridor being planned between Mumbai and Ahmedabad.
      • Nippon Kei is working with Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India for the construction of Western Freight Corridor from Vadodara, Gujarat to JNPT, Maharashtra and from Rewari, Haryana to Dadri, Uttar Pradesh; and for procurement of electric locomotives.
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  • 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

      • India offers a diverse platform of 1.3 bn consumers to serve, being the world’s 2nd largest producer of food grains, fruits and vegetables.
      • With the recent visit of India’s Minister for Food Processing Industries to Japan in March 2017, India is planning to become the source destination for Japan in a variety of food items such as seafood, cashew and sesame.
      • Japanese food processing firm Ise Foods signed a MoU with the Ministry of Food Processing Industries in March 2018 with an investment commitment of more than $41 mn.
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  • Automobile

    • 89%

      Share of automotive sector in Japan’s manufacturing sector by value

    • $300 bn

      Expected value of India’s auto industry by 2026

    • $18 bn

      Annual investment in R&D by Japanese automotive companies

      • Japan is one of the world’s top 3 automobile manufacturing and exporting countries. Gross exports of motor vehicles in 2016 were estimated at more than $132 bn in value or more than 4.6 mn units.
      • India is the world's 5th largest automaker, the largest tractor manufacturer and 2nd largest two-wheeler market.
      • Indian auto industry is expected to grow to $135 bn by 2020 and $300 bn by 2026 at a CAGR of 15%.
      • Japanese car major, Nissan exports Indian-manufactured Datson Go+ to select markets including South Africa. Till 2016, Nissan had exported 700,000 cars to over 106 countries from the Indian manufacturing base.
      • Toyota Kirloskar Motors and Suzuki Motor Corp have joined hands to manufacture small electric vehicles for the Indian market and are expected to launch the first vehicle by 2020.
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