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Digital Partnership

India-Japan Digital Partnership (IJDP)

Just as Japan has the concept of “Society 5.0”; India has flagship programs like “Digital India”, “Smart City” and “Start-up India” to promote “Ease of Living” with focus on next-generation technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data and IoT (Internet of Things) etc. In view of these complementarities and convergences, MOC on India-Japan Digital Partnership (IJDP) was signed during the visit of PM Modi to Japan in Tokyo on 29 October 2018. It envisages cooperation in six sub-areas:

1) Start-up Initiative

2) Corporate Partnership

3) Electronic Systems Design And Manufacturing Promotion

4) Digital Talent Exchange

5) R&D Cooperation

6) Security Related Strategic Collaboration

The 7th JWG on IT & Electronics/ Digital Partnership was held on 2 days across 4 sessions on September 9 and 10, 2020 ‘on-line’ between MeitY, India and METI, Japan with participation of relevant government and Industry stakeholders. It was co-chaired by Mr. Rajiv Kumar, Joint Secretary, MeitY from India side and Mr. Hirai Hirohide, DG, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI from Japan side. The JWG reviewed the progress made under the "India-Japan Digital Partnership" and had sessions related to Collaboration in Electronic Manufacturing between India & Japan; Data Governance & Cyber security and Software, Startups/Innovation & emerging technologies.

IJDP also incorporated setting up “Start-up Hub” between India and Japan. During then Minister METI Mr. SEKO Hiroshige’s visit in May, 2018, both sides signed Joint Statement on Japan-India Startup Initiative and the first “Japan-India Startup Hub” was established in Bengaluru by JETRO while from Indian side Invest India launched web-portal for IJDP at https://www.startupindia.gov.in/japan

Under broad vision of “Digital Partnership” various activities and specific projects were facilitated by the both governments in last couple of years. Some of them are listed below for information:

Japan India Start-up Initiative and Corporate Partnership

  • NASSCOM held Round Table with Japanese Industry in Hiroshima in March 2019 to find possible early adopters for IT Corridor/platform, follow-up meeting was held in September 2019. Further, NASSCOM brought 10 member delegation of start-ups and IT companies for participation in CEATEC 2019 which is the biggest Tech Event in Japan for past two decades supported by Japanese Government. METI also sponsored 8 Indian start-ups to participate in CEATEC 2019. In CEATEC 2020 which was organized in virtual mode, JETRO sponsored 6 Indian startups. In CEATEC 2022, after the relaxation of border restrictions, NASSCOM participated in person with a 14 member delegation of start-ups and IT companies from India.
  • NASSCOM and Embassy of India, Tokyo organized first edition of VC Networking Event (Japan VC Connect) at the Embassy on 3-4 September 2019 in which 26 selected start-ups (out of 1500+ applications) pitched in front of more than 120+ Venture Capitalists/ Corporate Venture Capitalists and Japanese corporations.
  • 2nd edition of Japan VC Connect is being held using digital platform in view of COVID-19 pandemic situation. During FY 2021-22 Embassy of India, Japan in association with NASSCOM organized 3 Virtual Start-up VC Connect Sessions in which Indian start-ups from various sectors such as HealthTech, Agri-Tech, Food-Tech, Cybersecurity, Fintech, Enterprise solutions and Retail etc have participated.

  • MeitY Startup Hub & JETRO signed a partnership agreement to strengthen the Indian & Japanese tech startup ecosystem on 20 Jan, 2020. Under the arrangement, Meity Startup Hub aims to support Japanese tech-startups in India by providing a soft landing sector-specific tech. incubation platforms for 6 months free of cost.
  • “Nippon India Digital Innovation Fund of Fund (FoF)” was launched to support India’s start-up eco-system with an aim to raise more than US$180 million. FoF is a unique proposition of investing and managing a portfolio of 12 to 13 India dedicated Venture Capital (VC) Funds, thereby accessing an investment portfolio of 250-300 odd start-ups in the Tech/VC Space. The FoF shall invest in startups across multiple Horizontals like Robotics & Automation, Internet of Things (IOT), Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Consumer Technology etc. & various Verticals like Manufacturing, EVs, Automobiles, Financial Service, Healthcare, Education, Ecommerce, Retail, Pharma, Enterprise, etc through investment in Indian VCs.

For more information please see:https://aif.nipponindiaim.com/Home/VentureCapital

  • METI through JETRO selected 10 projects under its “ASIA DX” (Asia Digital Transformation) Project for India in 2020 and 8 projects in 2021 under which it will be providing subsidy to Japanese companies for POC with Indian companies/start-ups for already undergoing business projects in IT domain for scaling-up.

(https://www.meti.go.jp/english/press/2021/0803_001.html)

  • Embassy of India and Startup India are organizing series of online pitching events focusing on specific technologies and start-ups promoting SDGs and inclusive development. During these events winners and finalists of the National Startup Awards (NSA) pitch in front of Japanese investor and corporates
    • During FY2021-22, 5 Virtual Pitching Events by Indian Start-ups to Japanese investors. The events were held in various sectors such as Finance, Urban Services, Education sector, Industry 4.0 and Food sector.
    • As part of celebrations for India@75 and India-Japan@70, the Embassy of India, Japan and Startup India jointly organized the 2nd edition of series of Virtual Pitching by Indian Startups from May, 2022. Till date, pitching sessions have been organized in Energy, Energy, Enterprise Systems, Environment, Fin-tech, Food Processing and Health and Wellness sectors.
  • Japan India Digital Partnership Symposium was organized by Nikkei in cooperation with METI on February 28, 2022 focusing on India-Japan Digital Collaboration, startups and high skill talent. The event saw keynote remarks by METI Minister Koichi Hagiuda and MoCI Minister Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw and was attended by more than 1000 participants.


(https://www.meti.go.jp/english/press/2022/0301_005.html)

  • NASSCOM organized Business Matching Event in association with Deloitte Japan with support of the Embassy on 3-4 February, 2021. The event had 1-to-1 meetings between 25 Indian and 10 Japanese companies. From October 27-28 October, 2021, the Embassy of India, Japan supported the two-day India-Japan Digital Business Matching Session organized by NASSCOM in partnership with Deloitte.

Talent Facilitation

  • JETRO is organizing Job Fairs in various institutions in India including in IIT-H and Pune University. They also launched web portal for the same (https://japanjobfair.go.jp/ )
  • JETRO launched portal website for internship opportunities in Japanese companies (https://internshipprogram.go.jp/english/foreign/ )
  • JETRO launched portal for hiring highly-skilled foreign professionals for Japanese SMEs (https://www.meti.go.jp/english/press/2018/1225_001.html )
  • On 31 January 2020, JETRO organized seminar in Tokyo on the subject of “Hiring Indian Talent” in which more than 100 Japanese companies at senior management level participated.
  • JETRO, JICA and IIT-H co-hosted the JAPAN DAY 2022 on 24 September, 2022. Held for IIT-H students, the job fair encouraged Japanese companies to hire advanced technical personnel from India.

R&D Cooperation

  • To encourage joint  research activities, scientific  meetings, conferences, research  workshops and  partnerships MOU  between AI Research Center (AIRC) at the National Institute of Advance Science and Technology (AIST) Japan and  IIT-Hyderabad was signed.
  • RIKEN-AIP signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad in the field of AI Research and Exchange of Human Resources (March 2019). They also organized a joint workshop at IIT Hyderabad on Machine Learning.
  • LOI signed between IITB and NEC for development of Japan-India Center of Artificial Intelligence and Research (CAIR) on 5th Sept 2019 in Tokyo.
  • Many Japanese companies have recently established their R&D Centres in India including Mercari (July 22), Fujitsu (Apr 22), Sony Group (Jul 20) and MUFG Bank (Feb 22).

Other Areas including including 5G and future network etc

  • Both sides are discussing cooperation in 5G/Beyond 5G, Cybersecurity and Telecommunications through various mechanisms under MeitY, Department of Telecommunication, Ministry of Communication and MEA led Cybersecurity dialogue.
  • 7th Japan-India ICT JWG between Department of Telecommunication (DOT), Ministry of Communication, India and Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication (MIC), Japan was held by hybrid mode on May 13, 2022 in Tokyo. This meeting was held under Japan-India ICT Comprehensive Cooperation Framework. The participants from Japan included Mr. SASAKI Yuji (Vice-Minister for Policy Coordination (International Affairs)) and representatives of Japanese ICT-related enterprises. The participants from India included Mr. Shri V.L Kantha Rao (Additional Secretary (Technology) of the Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications) and representatives of Indian ICT-related enterprises. In this meeting, discussions were held on future cooperation between Japan and India related to ICT technologies, including 5G/Beyond 5G, Open RAN, and submarine cable systems.
  • In ESDM sector, both Embassy and Consulate General of India and JETRO are working towards facilitation and business matching to attract Japanese companies for investing in ESDM sector in India.

Point of Contact for IJDP:

Mr. Abhishek Goel

Political and Commercial Officer

Email: sstc.tokyo@mea.gov.in

28 October 2022

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