CNS visit to Japan
CNS visit to Japan The Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Admiral Sunil Lanba, was on an official visit to Japan commencing December 19. The aim of the visit was to consolidate existing Maritime Cooperation initiatives as well as explore new avenues.

The friendship between India and Japan has a long history rooted in spiritual affinity and strong cultural and civilisational ties. India’s earliest documented direct contact with Japan was with the Todaiji Temple in Nara, where the consecration or eye-opening of the towering statue of Lord Buddha was performed by an Indian monk, Bodhisena, in 752 AD. In contemporary times, among prominent Indians associated with Japan were Swami Vivekananda, Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, JRD Tata, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and Judge Radha Binod Pal. The Japan-India Association was set up in 1903, and is today the oldest international friendship body in Japan.

Defence cooperation between India and Japan is robust and is primarily focused towards maritime cooperation. India’s defence cooperation was institutionalised with commencement of the India-Japan Comprehensive Security Dialogue which was initiated in 2001.

Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) has participated in the MALABAR exercise in 2007, 2009, 2014 prior to being included as a regular member in the exercise since 2015. JMSDF participated in MALABAR 2015 and 2016 held in the Bay of Bengal and Western Pacific respectively.

In 2014, Japan was included as an observer in the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS), a Maritime Cooperation construct conceptualised and pioneered by Indian Navy in 2008. Both navies also engage in Navy to Navy Staff Talks which commenced in 2008. The 7th Navy to Navy Staff Talks are scheduled to be held in 2017. JDS Matsuyuki participated in the International Fleet Review 2016 held at Visakhapatnam. The Chief of Staff of the JMSDF, Admiral Tomihisa Takei also attended the Review. Indian Navy, too, participated in the International Fleet Review conducted by the JMSDF in October 2015 at Sagami Bay, Yokosuka, Japan.

During the visit, Admiral Sunil Lanba held discussions with Chief of Staff, JMSDF, minister of state for defence, Chief of Staff, Joint Staff besides other senior dignitaries and naval officers.


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