Dream Joint Venture

2000/9/2

Facing (Standing on, Crossing) the anniversary of the 50-year diplomatic relationship between India and Japan, I propose dream joint ventures that two countries can possibly realize. The ideas of these dream joint ventures have come back and forth in my mind during my 19-year stay in India. I have thought about the projects over and over, and I wish that even one of them would come true in the future.

1. Water from Himalaya into Decan Heights

It is said that India has larger land suitable for farming land, compared with China. However, Decan Heights, which is located in the center of India, is not blessed with water, though the land shape is flat. The Indus and Ganges Rivers, which stem from the Himalaya Mountains, collecting water of glacier, flow into Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, respectively. Only few rivers run on Decan Heights, and thus water supply is not sufficient there.

From the era of British colonization until several years passed after its independence, India had suffered from hunger roughly about every five years. In the time of famine hundreds of thousands of people would die. In contrast, the present India produces sufficient food for 1 billion people and provides it for most of the people without causing serious allocation problem. Moreover, India produces dozens of millions of surplus grain. India achieved this only about one and a half decades after its independence. This was said to be due to Green Revolution, which is based on intensive fertilization, the improvement of irrigation facilities, and the introduction of improved hybrid variety of grain.

The late Shigeo Nagano and the late Masaki Nakajima thought that, if the water could be brought from Himalaya to Decan Heights, the land would become the granary of the world. I hope that this dream project will be considered seriously as one of the global project of the 21st Century.

Population and grain production of India

year population (million) grain production (million tons)
1950 369.9 50.82
1960 445.9 82.02
1970 555.0 108.42
1980 692.3 129.59
1990 855.6 176.36
2000 1012.9 195.92


2. Cooperation in Defense

The former U.S. President Clintonfs visit to India lasted for five days. Behind this unusually long stay in India is the fact that Indian IT engineers are now indispensable to the U.S. IT industry, as well as the construction and maintenance of U.S. defense system. The commitments by the U.S. government to India, year by year, become so deep that two countries exercise joint military training. Korean business people, noticing this change in the relationship between two countries, are making an aggressive entry into Indian market. In my opinion it would be mutually beneficial for both India and Japan to start various joint research projects, especially in the field of space development. I could say that India is a desirable place to launch a space rocket because the most southern point of India is close to the equator.

3. Prospecting the Bay of Bengal for Crude Oil

It is quite likely that Bay of Bengal, including the area off the coast of Aracan, has the reservoir of natural gas and oil underground. I think that India and Japan should cooperate in prospecting of the region and development of the reservoir.

4. Peaceful Development of the Strait of Malacca

One of the bottlenecks to the sea-lane of Japanese imports of crude oil from Arab is the Strait of Malacca. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are geographically scattered as if a dagger was pointed at the throat of the Strait of Malacca. During the World War II Japanese army landed some of the islands. During the Cold War the U.S.S.R.(The Soviet Union) worked on India to construct naval base on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.@If the islands became the naval base, the tension at the Strait of Malacca would be heightened, leading to higher tension of the whole Asia.

Peaceful development of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, such as transportation development including free port, special economic zone, tourism development, agricultural development, fishery development and ocean research institute, would be highly appreciated in the international arena as a global project contributing to the ease of tension at Malacca Strait.

5. Construction of the World Largest Databank

In the field of information technology the level of Indian software development is now well accepted all over the world. The Indian software development capability can be combined with Japanese capability of hardware manufacturing to contribute to the world peace. The former Japanese Prime Minister Mori expressed his opinion of Indian software Japanese hardware .

One of the possible ways to prevent terrorism is to give 15-digit number to each human-being on the earth and keep an eye on the behavior of everyone. This would be the worldfs largest databank.

6. Development of Clean Energy including Solar Energy as the Remote Area

I think that, with disastrous environmental problems, the development of solar energy, wind power and marine energy is a critical agenda for the future of the earth. The collaboration between India and Japan for the development of alternative energy on the land of India endowed with abundant nature will contribute to the sustainability of the earth. Since Japan maintains strength in technology, Japanese people should think highly of collaboration with India in the technological field.

7. Development of Biotechnology

Some technologies were intensively used in the past but is no longer used in Japan. One example of such technologies is silk manufacturing technology. In India there still remains a huge demand for silk as materials for womenfs clothes, and it is unlikely to decline in the near future. I think that it is meaningful to shift Japanese sericulture institute, which successfully developed technology of manufacturing the world-class silk thread, to India and transfer Japanese silk manufacturing technology.

I also think that it is worthwhile to establish, on the cooperation between India and Japan, a research institute for mushroom, which is expected to be food for the 21st century.

Furthermore, research institutes for ocean species, mentioned in section4, and for breed improvement of fruit also merit consideration.

8. Development of the Coast Line

According to Indian mythology the devil lives in the sea and the coast line has not been well developed. Since Japan is surrounded by sea, it has obtained sufficient technological knowledge in ocean development. I propose that the know-how should be transferred to India, in the fields such as the development of tourism, fishery, transportation, and the generation of windmill power generation.

9. Purification of Ganges River

The Holy Ganges River has been polluted and its purification is an urgent agenda. It is said that Japan has an excellent technology of purifying polluted water. If Japan succeeds in purification of Ganges River, the sympathy of Indian people with Japan will be further reinforced. (Good impression by Indian people towards Japan may become even better) Some Indian people have come to know that due to the efforts only for the last several years the water in the moat around the Japanese Imperial Palace has become so clean that people now can see through the bottom. This project is one of the most urgent projects between India and Japan.

10. Research on Common Recognition of Asia

It is difficult to obtain an answer to the question, gWhat is the common recognition among Asian people?h Although it is not a positive answer, gSecession from Asiah might be a common recognition shared among Asian people. All the countries in Asia in their histories have put up gsecession from Asia,h almost as national objectives. It seems irony and sad that common recognition among Asian countries is gsecession from Asia.h However, is it really the sole recognition that is common to Asian people and countries, or are there any others?

I propose a research project whereby we will explore psychological deep layers of Asian people and find Asian common recognition. Throughout this research I hope that we can recover our confidence in Asia and can send a message from Asia. I might be able to call it gAsian Deep Philosophy Research Institute.h

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