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
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 Clintonfs 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 worldfs largest databank.
6. Development of Clean Energy including Solar Energy as the
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 womenfs 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
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 Asiah 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