Jamshedpur: With focus on fostering technological collaboration and establishing more partnership in manufacturing sector, Japanese Ambassador to India Kenji Hiramatsu along with a high level delegation on Wednesday visited Steel City ahead of Global Investors’ Summit, scheduled to be held in Ranchi on February 16 and 17.
Hiramatsu, along wife Patricia Clara Aguado Hiramatsu, Japan Consul General, Mayasuki Raga and Metal One Company’s general manager Hitoshi Raito visited Tata Steel and interacted with senior company officials. The team went to Centre for Excellence that houses Tata Steel archives. The delegation also held talks with the Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry functionaries.
Suresh Sonathalia, president, Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that the trade body apprised the visitors about investment possibilities in Kolhan. “Japan and India have been maintaining strong cultural and economic ties for centuries. Both the countries are largest and oldest democracies in Asia. Moreover, several companies in the steel city have technical collaboration with Japanese companies. Companies like Nippon Steel have collaboration with city-based companies,” he said.
Bharat Vasani, a senior functionary of the Chamber, noted that Japan has a large industrial capacity and is home to some of the largest companies like Toyota, Honda. Steps must be taken to boost collaboration between both the companies, he said.
Vasani further added that East Singhbhum district administration has already set up a Land Bank in the district to woo industries. “Spread across 25,000 acres, the bank will facilitate setting up of industries and providing information relating to the availability of land. Japanese must be motivated to set up facilities here,” he said.