India and Japan are particularly focusing on information sharing on development of digital infrastructure to improve architecture design, according to a joint statement recently released by the Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan, the Japan External Trade Organization, and the Indian Software Product Industry Roundtable. Well-designed digital social infrastructure is expected to play a significant role in enhancing the efficiencies of societal services and solving social issues in numerous countries, with global society entering the era of the Internet of Things, or IoT, the statement said.
The agencies will facilitate a joint study on how such digital infrastructure can be utilized in the two countries, as well as third countries including those in Asia and Africa. The cooperation in digital infrastructure is consistent with the Japan-India Digital Partnership launched in October 2018 between Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
The two countries have been enhancing cooperation on a wide range of issues, such as the strategic depth of bilateral security and defense cooperation, with the two sides sharing a vision of a free, open, inclusive and rules-based Indo-Pacific region. Leaders of the two countries have been frequently engaging in reciprocal visits lately, but Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has postponed a three-day visit to India, originally scheduled for December, due to local security concerns deriving from recent protests over a citizenship bill.