Pune, 16 Nov (The Press Watch) – We are eager to further accelerate investment, trade and economic development between India and Japan in areas of manufacturing, IT, Artificial Intelligence, research, education, social engineering, infrastructure development, healthcare and construction amongst other sectors, mentioned Michio Harada, Consul General of Japan in Mumbai. Michio Harada was addressing the gathering at inaugural function of second edition of Konnichiwa Pune 2019, a three days festival at Sumant Moolgaonkar Hall, MCCIA, SB Road, Pune. Konnichiwa Pune is organized by Indo-Japan Business Council and Consulate General of Japan in Mumbai in association with MIT World Peace University.
Munenori Matsunaga, Director General Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Mumbai Yusuke Yamamoto, Executive Director, Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO), Delhi, Yoshiyuki Mizuuchi, General Manager, All Nippon Airways (ANA), Hiroko Ozaki, West Zone Director, The Japan Foundation (JF), Onishi Tatsunori, Director, Wakayama Prefecture Government, Japan, Vijaya Kumar Govada, MD & CEO, Toyota Tsusho Insurance Broker India, Shrikant Atre, President, Indo-Japan Business Council (IJBC), Siddharth Deshmukh, Vice President, Strategy, Indo-Japan Business Council (IJBC), Abhishek Choudhury, Vice President, Industrial Relations, Indo-Japan Business Council (IJBC), Dr RM Chitnis, Pro-Vice Chancellor of MIT World Peace University were present at the inaugural function.
Michio Harada further said, “While significant number of both Japanese companies and establishment has increased in Maharashtra, on the other side, we are also offering internship programs and placement opportunities for student to work with companies in Japan. The trends of students getting placements on Japanese companies in India and Japan has been continuously growing and Tokyo has become favorite destination for Indian students. In eastern parts of Tokyo, a whole new Indian-village INDO-MURA is taking shape.”
Munenori Matsunaga said that, The diplomatic, cultural and trade relations between India and Japan is flourishing and Indo-Japan Business Council playing a crucial role by imparting knowledge about Japan to Indians. Shrikant Atre in his opening remarks mentioned that, Pune remains the foremost destination for students to learn Japanese language. Due to its cultural diversity, supreme quality of education and a suitable environment students choose Pune to grab the knowledge.
Konnichiwa Pune 2019 seeks to unite enthusiastic and like minded people from India and Japan. The platform also hopes to initiate a dialogue and person to person engagement as well as exchange innovative ideas for improve business opportunities. This Konnichiwa Pune held cultural festival on Saturday and Sunday at Phoenix Market City, in which we can witness Japanese culture of Dance, Music etc.
After the inaugural ceremony, four panel discussion were organized. First panel discussion on ‘Smart City to Super Smart Society’ in which moderator was Abhishek Choudhury, CEO, Nanobiz India Private Limited and panelist were Tomio Isogai, Consultant, National Skill Development Corporation, Former Managing Director, Sharp India Ltd., Manmohan Singh, Senior Consultant, Frost and Sullivan, Adv Asim Sarode, Advocate, Sameer Khale, Advocate, Supriya Mishra, Educationist. In second panel discussion, Munenori Matsunaga, Director General, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Mumbai, Onishi Tatsunori, Director, Mumbai/Aurangabad, Wakayama Prefecture Government, Japan, Tomio Isogai, Consultant, National Skill Development Corporation, Former Managing Director, Sharp India Ltd., Shailendra Goswami, Chairman and Managing Director, Pushkaraj Enterprises, Vijaya Kumar Govada, MD and CEO of Toyota Tsusho Insurance Broker India Pvt. Ltd discussed on ‘Conducive Business Environment Between India and Japan’. Siddharth Deshmukh, VP, Strategy, Indo-Japan Business Council (IJBC) was the moderator.
Third Panel Discussion on ‘Touring Japan during 2020 Olympics’ and in this, Moderator was Abhishek Choudhury, VP, Industrial Relations, Indo-Japan Business Council (IJBC), Smriti Verma, JNTO, Delhi Office, Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO), Yoshiyuki Mizuuchi, General Manager, Mumbai Office, All Nippon Airways (ANA), Zelam Chaubal, Director, Kesari Tours Pvt. Ltd, Sudhir Patil, Director, Veena World, Mukund Yatnalkar, Owner, Vishnu Vardhan Hospitality participated. ‘Career and Educational Opportunities in Japan’ was the fourth panel discussion which was moderated by Shrikant Atre, President, Indo-Japan Business Council (IJBC). Hiroko Ozaki, West Zone Director and Senior Language Advisor, The Japan Foundation (JF), Prof. Dr. Milind Pande, Pro-VC, MIT-World Peace University, Prof. Prahlad Kulkarni, Principal, Pune Institute of Computer Technology (PICT), Raman Preet, Chairman, Pune Institute of Business Management (PIBM), Dr. Geetali Tilak Mone, Dean, Faculty of modern Science and Professional skills, Tilak Maharashtra Vidhyapith expressed their views.