Development of North Eastern Indian Region: Indo-Japan Collaboration for Connectivity, Commerce, Capacity Building, Culture and Conservation

Date:   Fri Mar 05, 2021 - Fri Mar 05, 2021












Asian Confluence in collaboration with the Embassy of Japan proposes a one day webinar on the theme Development of North Eastern Indian Region: Indo-Japan Collaboration for Connectivity, Commerce, Capacity Building, Culture and Conservation
The dialogue will be addressed, at the highest level both by the Foreign Secretary of India and the Japanese ambassador to India. The aim of the seminar is to highlight the key importance of Indo Japan collaboration for developing a secure and prosperous North Eastern region of India in the convergence of India’s “Act East Policy”, and “Neighborhood First Policy”, towards a vibrant Bay of Bengal region and a “Free and Open Indo Pacific”





SESSION 1: Inaugural:

10 am-10: 45 am IST || 1:30 pm -2:15 pm JST


Welcome:                                    Asian Confluence

Group Photograph                      

Chair:                                           Mr. M.P. Bezbaruah,

Chairman, Asian Confluence,

Governing Council

Inaugural  Addresses:             H.E.  Mr. Suzuki Satoshi,

Ambassador of Japan to India

Keynote Address:                      Amb. Harsh Vardhan Shringla

Foreign Secretary, India

Vote of Thanks:                          Sabyasachi Dutta,

ED, Asian Confluence



11: 00 am – 12:30 pm IST || 2:30 pm- 4:00 pm JST

This session will layout the Indo-Japanese viewpoint on some of the following topics:

o   India- Japan collaboration in India’s neighbourhood for a  stable Indo- Pacific

o   Japanese engagements in the BBIN and Myanmar region and the relevance of North East India.

o   State of connectivity in NER- Role of Japan in strengthening the Connectivity and Infrastructure in NER and its implication.


Chair:    Amb. Deepa Gopalan Wadhwa,

Former Ambassador of India to Japan and Member, Governing Council Asian  Confluence


·      Dr. Masahiro Kawai

Economic Research Institute for Northeast Asia and University of Tokyo

·      Mr. Katsuo Matsumoto,

Chief Representative, JICA, India 

·      Amb. River Wallang, IFS Retd.

Former Indian Consul General to Osaka, Meghalaya,

Distinguished Fellow, Asian Confluence   

·      Mr. Umezaki So,

Director, Economic Integration Studies Group, Development Studies Center, IDE-JETRO, Japan

·      Prof. Nanigopal Mahanta,

Director, Center for South East Asian Studies

Department of Political Science, Gauhati University


SESSION 3:  India – Japan collaborations in North east India: Accomplishments and challenges and way forward.

1:30 pm – 3:00pm IST|| 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm JST


Chair : Mr. Rajat Nag,

Former MD, ADB, Manila, Member Governing Council, Asian Confluence

Speakers :

·      Dr. K.K. Dwivedi, Secretary, IAS,

Principal Secretary to the Govt. of Assam, Act East Policy Affairs

·      .Mr. Keiichi Onozawa,

Policy Director, JETRO

·      Prof. Koichi Fujita,

Kyoto University.

·      Ms. Yui Nakamura,

Sasakawa Peace Foundation

·      Dr Palin Khunddongbam,

Chairman, Shija Hospital, Imphal

·      Shri K. Moses Chalai, IAS,

Secretary, North Eastern Council




Session 4: The Way Forward:  Townhall


3:00 pm – 5:00 pm IST|| 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm JST


Chair : Amb. Rajiv K. Bhatia

Co-Chair : Dr. Prabir De, ASEAN India Center


This session will layout and the Indo-Japanese viewpoint on some of the following topics:


·      How can India-Japan strengthen their Cooperation in the Region: Specific Recommendation to Policy Makers from Thinktanks.

·      People to people exchanges/ Cultural exchanges

·      The Future of Act East forum


Participation:  Think-tanks and universities from across the region.


·      Dr. Masaaki Fukunaga,

GIFU Women’s University, Japan

·      Dr. Sarbani Roy Chowdhury,

Professor, Centre for East Asian Studies, School of International     Studies Jawahar Lal Nehru University

·      Dr. Deba Kumar Chakraborty,

Professor, Dibrugarh University

·      Mr. Monoj Das,

Assistant Professor, Gauhati University

·      Dr. Ibohal Meitei,

Professor (Strategic Management), MIMS,  Manipur University,  Manipur University

·      Dr. Bhagirathi Panda,

Professor, North Eastern Hill University, ICSSR NERC, Shillong

·      Mr. Tsutomu Sato,

Chapter Head Asian Confluence Japan, Discover India Club Japan

·      Dr. Sebastian N,

Assistant Professor, Sikkim Central University