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A few days after the successful meeting of the 8thIndia-Japan Energy Dialogue,held in Tokyo on 12-14 January 2016, the Embassy received a call from Mr. Masato Hiramoto, a Japanese national, working at NIDEC on 19 January 2016. Hiramoto-San conveyed that, while checking the brochures received during B2B meetings with Indian counterparts during the Energy Dialogue, he found a packet containing US$ 3000/- and JPY 52,000/-. He requested the Mission to locate the actual owner of the money so that it could be returned to the owner. While appreciating Hiramoto-San’s gesture, we requested that he send us more details, including the brochures with which the money was found and also any other information which would help us locate the actual owner.
The 8thIndia-Japan Energy Dialogue had witnessed the participation of MoS (IC) for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy as well as a large official delegation. Numerous Indian and Japanese companies had also participated. On the basis of facts and details provided by Hiramoto-San, the Embassy undertook a meticulous examination of Indian companies which had participated and interacted with a number of them to trace the legitimate owner. The persistent efforts of the Embassy paid off when, after thorough examination and due process, we were able to identify Shri J.K. Jain, Chairman & Managing Director, FIEM Industries as the owner of the money. The Embassy got in touch with Shri Jain who confirmed that he was indeed the actual owner.He promptly thanked the Embassy and appreciated the efforts undertaken by the Embassy.
After verification of the details, the money was handed over to the representative of FIEM Industries in Tokyo byShri Sujan R. Chinoy, Ambassador of India to Japan in the presence of Mr. Masato Hiramoto on 23 February 2016. Ambassador appreciated the extraordinary integrity and honesty displayed by Hiramoto-San which was also endorsed by the representative of FIEM Industries.
In his remarks, Hiramoto-San said that this was what would have been expected of any Japanese national were that person to be in his place.In Japan,such acts of honesty and integrity are the norm in society.
February 24, 2016
India- Japan Relations