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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) ESDM promotion,

4) Digital talent exchange,

5) R&D Cooperation and

6) Security related strategic collaboration.

MeitY (Ministry of IT and Electronics) will be nodal agency to implement it from Indian side with Ministry of Communications (MOC), DIPP, NITI Aayog as other stakeholders and METI from Japanese side with MEXT and MIC as other stakeholders from Japanese sides. ( )

7th JWG on IT & Electronics/ Digital Partnership was held on 2 days across 4 sessions on Sept 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 incorporates setting up “Start-up Hub” between India and Japan. During then Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry HE 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 .

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. NASSCOM also 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.
  • 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. 5 startups were able to raise funds and establish strategic partnerships with Japanese enterprises within 6 months of the program. 2nd edition of Japan VC Connect is being held using digital platform in view of COVID-19 pandemic situation. As on 31 January, 2021 eight virtual pitching sessions have been held in which 54 Indian start-ups from various sectors such as HealthTech, Agri-Tech, Food-Tech, Cybersecurity, Fintech, Enterprise solutions and Retail etc have participated and 190+ one-to-one meetings have been held with interested Japanese investors/ corporations.

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  • MeitY Startup Hub & JETRO signed a partnership agreement to strengthen the Indian & Japanese tech startup ecosystem on 20 Jan, 2020. Under which 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)” is being launched to support India’s start-up eco-system. The FoF shall invest in 300-400 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. The FoF will strive to build a balanced and well-diversified portfolio of 15-25 VC funds with an investment ticket size of $5 - $15 million each.

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  • METI through JETRO selected 10 projects under its “ASIA DX” (Asia Digital Transformation) Project for India 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. Selected projects include Japanese companies like Olympus, Suzuki Motor Corporation, Terra Motors and AWL Inc. etc.

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  • Embassy of India and Startup India under DPIIT are organizing series of e-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) 2020 would pitch in front of Japanese investor and corporates (NSA 2020 was organized by Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) and these startups were selected from more than 1,600 startup applicants from whole India).
    • First event was held on 9th November, 2020 with focus sector as Clean Energy, Energy Efficiency and Waste Management. In this event 10 Startups participated and it was attended by 40+ investors/ corporations/ organizations with 50+ attendees.
    • The second event was held on 27th January, 2021 with focus sector as Agri Value Chain. During the event 10 Indian startups presented and it was attended by 60+ Japanese stakeholders including investors and corporations.
  • Japan India Digital Partnership Symposium was organized by Nikkei in cooperation with METI on 27 January 2021 (Online) focusing on Possibility of Japan-India Digital Collaboration with India in Emerging Technologies. ( )
  • On 3-4 February, 2021 NASSCOM in association with Deloitte, Japan and support of the Embassy organized Business Matching Event for Japanese companies with Indian IT companies to promote “Co-Create” model. It saw participation of 25 Indian companies and 9 Japanese companies with more than 50+ one-to-one meetings.

Talent Facilitation

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.

Other Areas including including 5G and future network etc

  • Both sides are discussing cooperation in 5G, Cybersecurity and Telecommunications through various mechanisms under MeitY, Department of Telecommunication, Ministry of Communication and MEA led Cybersecurity dialogue.
  • 6th 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 virtual mode on 8th December, 2020.  This meeting was held under the comprehensive framework of Japan-India ICT cooperation. In this meeting, discussions were held on future cooperation between Japan and India in ICT technologies, including 5G, submarine cables, and smart cities.
  • On 15th January, H.E. Mr. TAKEDA Ryota, Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan and H.E. Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Communications of India held a video conference and signed the MOC in the Field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) between the MIC of Japan and the MOC, India. The MoC covers issues related to ICT, such as the development of technologies related to 5G and submarine cables, Telecom Security including relevant human resources development, the promotion of dialogues between the two industries.
  • 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.
  • The Information-technology Promotion Agency (IPA), Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) under METI (Japan), and Indian think tank iSPIRT entered into agreement to promote Japan-India Business Cooperation in Digital Infrastructure consistent with the “Japan-India Digital Partnership” on 12 December 2019. This would facilitate capability of architecture design and establishment of digital infrastructure in other countries in Africa or other Asian regions (the Third Countries). Under this an online seminar on India-Japan collaboration in “ Modular Open Source Identity Platform (MOSIP)” for third countries was organized on 26 June 2020. For more see:

Listen to the discussion on “India-Japan Digital Partnership: Opportunity for Co-creating & Co-innovating” by Ambassador H.E. Mr. Sanjay Kumar Verma at ‘India-Japan Partnership Perspectives’ organised by Ananta Aspen :

Point of Contact for IJDP:

Mr. Gaurav Gupta,

First Secretary (Thematic Cooperation)


4  February 2021