Japan–Nepal relations - Wikipedia
Japan, as the third largest economic superpower of the world, is one of the nearest neighbours of Nepal having bilateral relations since a long. Japan-Nepal Relations on PDF The Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Japan and Nepal th Anniversary of Nepali Students in Japan. Japan-Nepal Foreign Ministers' Meeting (November 19, ) · The Foreign Minister of Nepal to Visit Japan (November 16, ).
Though the limited volume of trade has not benefitted Nepal, further scope for this can be identified in the future. In the context of the growing population and unemployment in Nepal, it would be helpful for Nepal to further improve relations in the field of employment with Japan in increasing job opportunities.
As a Buddhist country, Japan has always demonstrated the most liberal attitude towards Nepal, the birth place of Lord Buddha and its people.
Lumbini has become an important instrument in strengthening and cementing the existing socio-cultural and religious linkages. Nepal is the pilgrimage centre for all Japanese. The growing number of Japanese tourists is a further attraction in the bilateral relations. Besides government level formal relations, the people to people informal relations are also substantially increasing.
Japanese mountaineering expedition teams coming to Nepal are another source of attraction in the bilateral economic ties and a source of income for Nepal.
Japan's assistance in the health sector in recent years is particularly important.
Nepal and Japan: A Growing Relationship
Japan has also been providing educational support to Nepal in the construction of primary school buildings in the remote rural villages. This has contributed to the development of rural education. In the last few years, the educational relationship between the two countries has been particularly notable and gradually becoming warmer.
The educational relationship between the two countries has a long history. Japan provided support to Nepalese students to study in Japan during the Rana period.
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During the Panchayat period, Japan started providing scholarships to Nepalese students to receive higher education in different Japanese universities. A large number of students of the 20, Nepalese living in Japan now, many of them are students studying in Japanese universities are enjoying the educational opportunities granted by Japan under the scholarship programmes.
Historical perspectives The relation between the two countries is considered to have been opened by the seminal visit of Revered Ekai Kawaguchi in A. Thereafter, he visited Nepal inand Seeing the then situation, he wrote a 57 page lengthy letter to then Prime Minister Chandra Shumsher Rana highlighting the need for imparting education to the people.
They left Nepal on 18 April and reached Japan on 17 June and all of them returned to Nepal on 16 September after 3 years studies.
These are blossoming even today in Nepal symbolizing a deep friendship between our two countries and peoples. Since then, our relation has been developing in a smooth manner based on true friendship, deep respect and mutual understanding.
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Both people harbor a strong sense of belongingness and respect for each other. Japan, with its painful background, knows well the traumas of being poor. Now, Japan has become a highly developed and rich country. But she has not forgotten her past days. Japan, therefore, valuing the role of peace, stability and economic development, is extending a helping hand, to the developing countries.
Many Asian, African and Latin American countries have benefited through munificent economic and technical cooperation from Japan. Exchange of Visits Our bilateral relations has been nurtured and strengthened by the exchange of visits at high levels. At the Government level, former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiro Mori, for the first time, paid an eight hour visit to Nepal on 25 August and several visits by famous Japanese former Prime Minister late Ryutaro Hashimoto in other responsibilities.
There have been several visits by parliamentarians and other high dignitaries from time to time. From Nepal side, late Prime Minister G. Koirala visited Japan in Other Ministers and high dignitaries also visited Japan from time to time. Both countries have also started a political dialogue at the Foreign Secretary level to augment different aspects of mutual cooperation. I remember noteworthy words of a Japanese Minister and parliamentarian Mr.
Toshihiro Nikai who spoke at a function in Tokyo in saying that in Japan, government and opposition agree only on one agenda: Economic Cooperation Japan started giving economic cooperation to Nepal since Japanese official development aid consists of mainly 3 components: Grant, Loan and Technical cooperation.
Within these 47 intervening years, a colossal amount totaling to 3, billion dollars have been given to Nepal by Japan under these headings. Grant consisted about 58 percent of the total amounts. Similarly, more than 2, Japanese volunteers have been dispatched to Nepal and more than Nepalese officials have been trained in Japan in different disciplines.
Japan has emerged as one of the largest donor country to Nepal in recent years. Hallmark of the assistance is that her economic cooperation has always remained strings unattached.Conditions of Nepali students in Japan
Japan pledged US dollars million during the International Conference on National Reconstruction held on 25 June and it is understood that Japan has signed agreements for the transfer of the agreed funds becoming the first country to do so among donors.
Several important projects have been completed with Japanese economic assistance in the fields of agriculture, aviation, bridges construction, education, health, human resource development, roads, rural development, sanitation, transportation, telecommunication and water supply.
Hallmark projects like Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital and Banepa — Sindhuli Highway will remain as symbols of ever growing relations between the two countries. All these projects accrue direct benefit to the people. Nepalese people remain grateful for such generous assistance which bears direct impacts on their daily life.
Japanese are known for quality works and time bound commitments. These are yet valuable gifts from Japan to be emulated. Nepal — Japan relations is also based on other multi-dimensional aspects.
These all areas together are making contributions to solidify our relations. Trade Trade relations between the two countries is going smoothly although balance is always in favor of Japan.
In early s when I was in Japan I met one Japanese businessman who told me that he used to import Lycopodium powder from Nepal. Quality stuff was exported in the beginning, but later on, it was found mixed with turmeric powder. So he discontinued the import. Such malpractice will never be condoned in Japan. Japanese look for quality goods not costs. Rather high quality goods do not fetch much if the price is low.
Without knowing psyche of the Japanese consumers, it would be difficult to do business. Nepal exports to Japan more than hundred types of goods but traditional pattern has not changed much since many years.
Similarly, imports from Japan are also increasing every year and it was Rs. However, trade balance has remained always in favor of Japan. Nepalese exportable goods consist of woolen carpets, pashmina, precious stones, leather and leather goods, textile goods and many other primary and tertiary goods.
While import consists of chemicals, electronic goods, industrial raw materials, machineries, steel products, vehicles, etc. There is enough room for developing this trade relation to a higher level in coming days subject to strenuous efforts to be exerted by the business community of both countries.
Lately, few Nepalese edible produces have got market in Japan through efforts of a Nepali company. As Nepal has started producing several kinds of consumer goods, those might have a good market potentiality in Japan.
One Village One Product concept being mooted since several years is gaining ground and it will further facilitate the export of Nepalese produces to Japanese market. Nepalese healthy food products like wheat bucket and Labsi are getting popular in Japan. In a huge consumer market like Japan, even few our suitable products, if liked, by Japanese might trigger to do a roaring business.