Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla today sought investments from a visiting Japanese delegation for bettering road connectivity in the state.
The 11-member Buddhist delegation, led by Bhikshu Gyomyo Nakamura, called on the governor at the Raj Bhavan this afternoon.
“There is a close cultural relationship between India and South East Asian Countries and that the India’s ethos is spread throughout the Asian countries which are evident in the religious practices of Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism,” tweeted Heptulla.
“I had earlier discussed the issue of cleaning Loktak Lake with the Japanese Ambassador,” Heptulla said.
Loktak Lake is the largest freshwater lake in the Northeast and is located in Manipur.
Heptulla also told the visiting team that the Far East Asian country has been close to Manipur since World War II as the state was a battleground then and several Japanese soldiers were killed here.
“Japan occupies a special place in the hearts of every citizen of Manipur and these strong ties are not only based on Buddhism but from the 2nd world war,” added Heptulla.
Nakamura said the purpose of the visit was to pray for the victims of the Japanese Army, the Indian Army and civilians who died in the War. He also added several Japanese tourists were keen to visit Manipur.
4)The Delegation requested for more developmental oriented relationship between the two countries, I informed them that I have already written to the Hon’ble Prime Minister about this possibility. pic.twitter.com/twPZy1sSoj
— Najma Heptulla (@nheptulla) December 13, 2017
Nakamura also said Japan wants to improve the relationship with the North East region.