December 17, 2011

“India and Japan: Shaping the Indo-Pacific”

“India and Japan: Shaping the Indo-Pacific”
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm: 22 December, 2011
WWF Auditorium, 172-B, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi 110 003

As India and Japan prepare to hold their 6th consecutive Annual Summit at the end of this month, geo-economic imperatives and geo-political convergences continue to drive the Strategic and Global Partnership which the two countries established in 2006.

Aspen Institute India invites you to a panel discussion on “India and Japan: Shaping the Indo-Pacific” to examine the economic, security and regional dimensions of this critical partnership between Asia’s largest and most developed democracies. The Speakers at the Panel include H.E. Mr. Akitaka Saiki, Ambassador of Japan to India;Prof. Akihiko Tanaka, Professor of International Politics at the University of Tokyo;Mr. Amitabh Kant, Managing Director & CEO, DMIC; and Mr. Makoto Suzuki, Managing Director Mitsui & Co. India Pvt Ltd .

The session will be chaired by Ambassador H.K. Singh, former Ambassador of India to Japan and ICRIER-Wadhwani Chair in India-US Policy Studies.

Registration will begin at 5:30 pm.

Thursday, December 22, 2011 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

WWF Auditorium
172-B, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi 110 003

Thursday, December 22, 2011 by 11:00 AM

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Ambassador Akitaka Saiki after graduating from Tokyo University in 1976 entered Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). He was Second Secretary, Embassy of Japan in the United States of America (Apr. 1977); First North America Division, MOFA (Jun. 1981); Assistant Director, First North America Division, MOFA (Jun. 1983); Assistant Director, First International Economic Affairs Division, MOFA (Nov. 1983); Deputy Director, Second Southeast Asia Division, MOFA (Jul. 1986); Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Japan to the International Organizations in Geneva Switzerland (Sep. 1988); Director, Second West Europe Division, MOFA (Aug. 1993); Director, Second International Organizations Division, MOFA (Jan. 1995); Director, First International Economic Affairs Division, MOFA (Feb. 1997); Private Secretary to Mr. Keizo Obuchi, Minister for Foreign Affairs (Sep. 1997); Deputy Press Secretary to Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi (Jul. 1998); Deputy Director-General, Economic Affairs Bureau, MOFA (Apr. 2000); Director, Personnel Division, MOFA (Sep. 2000); Deputy Director-General, Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, MOFA (Sep. 2002); Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Japan in the United States of America (Jan. 2006); Director-General, Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, MOFA (Jan. 2008); Since February 2011, he is the Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of India concurrently to the Kingdom of Bhutan. He was born on October 10, 1952.

Akihiko Tanaka is Professor of International Politics at the Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies and at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, the University of Tokyo. He is currently Vice President for International Affairs at the University of Tokyo. He obtained his B.A. in International Relations at the University of Tokyo's College of Arts and Sciences in 1977 and his Ph.D. in Political Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1981. Mr. Tanaka's specialties include theories of international politics, contemporary international relations in East Asia, and Japan’s foreign policy. He has served on various advisory commissions of international institutions as well as the Japanese government including the East Asia Vision Group (1999-2001), the East Asia Vision Group II (2011), and Japanese Government's Council on Security and Defense Capabilities (2003, 2009). He has numerous books and articles in Japanese and English including The New Middle Ages: The World System in the 21st Century (Tokyo: The International House of Japan, 2002) and "Global and Regional Geo-strategic Implications of China's Emergence," Asian Economic Policy Review (vol. 1, no.1, 2006.6, pp. 180-196). Tanaka’s most recent book is Posuto kuraishisu no sekai (The Post-Crisis World) (Tokyo: Nihon keizai shimbun shuppansha, 2009).

Amitabh Kant is presently posted as Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director of the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation, the nodal authority for India’s most ambitious Infrastructure project aiming to develop a model Industrial Corridor of international standards with emphasis to develop it as a “Global Manufacturing and Trading Hub”. Apart from holding many prestigious positions in the Government of India, Amitabh Kant has also served as National Project Director of the Rural Tourism Project of UNDP which made a paradigm shift in spreading tourism to Indian villages. During his tenure India Tourism focused on infrastructure development, quality elevation and diversification of India’s tourism products and services. He is also the author of “Branding India – An Incredible Story” and has been the key driver of the campaigns like “Incredible India” and “God’s Own Country” which positioned and branded India as a leading tourism destination.

Makoto Suzuki is the Managing Officer & Chief Representative of South West Asia of Mitsui & Co Pvt Ltd and Managing Director of Mitsui & Co. India Pvt Ltd. He joined Mitsui & Co Ltd, Tokyo in 1981 and since then has held several positions in Electric Machinery Export Division; Electrical Machinery Department at New York; Strategic Planning Department & Power Projects Division of the Infrastructure Projects Business Unit.

Born in 1950, Ambassador Hemant Krishan Singh holds a Masters Degree from Delhi University where he attended and later taught at St. Stephen`s College before joining the Indian Foreign Service in 1974. Between 1976-1991, he served in various capacities at Indian Missions in Lisbon, Maputo, Washington D.C., Kathmandu and Belgrade. At the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi, he has held assignments of Under Secretary (Americas), Director (Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan) and Joint Secretary (West Europe). He was Deputy Permanent Representative of India to the UN in Geneva from 1995-99, covering the areas of human rights, humanitarian and refugee law, labour, health and intellectual property. Between 1999-2002, he was the Ambassador of India to Colombia with concurrent accreditation to Ecuador and Costa Rica, playing an active role in promoting economic and commercial relations with Latin America. As Ambassador to Indonesia with concurrent accreditation to Timor Leste from 2003-2006, he was closely associated with the intensification of relations with Indonesia as well as ASEAN. He served as India’s Ambassador to Japan from June 2006 to December 2010, contributing extensively to the forging of the India-Japan Strategic and Global Partnership through six Bilateral Summits. Ambassador Singh holds the ICRIER-Wadhwani Chair in India-US Policy Studies at ICRIER, New Delhi, since September 2011. He is a member of the India-US, India-US-Japan and India-Singapore Track II Strategic Dialogues. He is married to Mrinalini Singh, who is an artist, and they have two children. Ambassador Singh speaks several European languages. He plays golf and his interests include Asian civilizations and the natural environment.

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