Indian students will be encouraged to pursue higher education in Japan: Consul General

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An increasing number of universities in Japan teach English, while there is a renewed focus on learning Japanese in India. The aim is to encourage Indian students to opt for higher education in Japan, crossing the language barrier, said TAGA Masayuki, consul general of Japan in Chennai, on Thursday.

Japan’s Ministry of Education and Culture provides scholarships to students, while government-to-government initiatives are also underway, he added. He was speaking on the sidelines of a conference on “Evolving Japan-India Relations in the 21st Century”, organized Thursday by the New York-based think tank, the Center for Public Policy Research (CPPR).

On why few Indians migrate to Japan, he said there are many young Indian businessmen there, including those who have become members of local bodies.

On the extent to which the QUAD cluster is equipped to tackle the perils posed by climate change, Mr. Masayuki said the task forces will support the QUAD package of climate change adaptation and mitigation (Q- CHAMP) to create a net zero economy and society.

Efforts are already underway to strengthen cooperation in the decarbonization of the maritime and port sectors, as well as to strengthen and accelerate the clean energy transition through knowledge sharing on clean hydrogen, clean ammonia, supply chain into clean energy and carbon recycling. Emphasis should also be placed on promoting public transport modes like subways and high-speed trains to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, he added.

He observed that there was a need to address the lack of research on India in Japan and vice versa, and reiterated the need for deeper engagement to counter a threat like China.

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