Topic: India and its neighbourhood- relations.
4. India-Japan relations must also imbibe and secure their relationship with innovative ideas while
keeping it parallel to their domestic developmental discourse. Examine. (250 words)
Why this question:
In the charged Indo-Pacific geopolitical scenario, Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe have set an
ideal example of using personal chemistry to forward mutually advantageous policy outlooks.
If the annual leadership summits strengthened their political narrative, the recently concluded
two-plus-two ministerial dialogue brought strategic substance, strengthening the narrative that
both have been nurturing with frequent dialogues, official mechanisms and visits.
Key demand of the question:
The question expects us talk about the bilateral relations between India and Japan in light of the
recently concluded first ever ministerial level 2+2 dialogue. Further, one must give a detailed
account of the potential of the India-Japan relations at bilateral, multilateral and
regional/international levels with the challenges. Provide with a way forward.
Examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we have to look into the topic (content words) in detail,
inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question.
While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their
Structure of the answer
Talk about the fact that the two countries in several joint statements have called each other
Discuss the outcomes of the visit such as a 2+2 framework institutionalisation of the
Highlight the potential of the relationship and the pitfalls that the two countries need to be
Discuss the perfect fit that exists between the two countries when it comes to technology,
infrastructure, manufacturing etc.
Discuss that there should be an increasing emphasis on innovation front in the foreign policy
objectives between the two nations.
Give your view on the progress of relationship and discuss way forward.