Promoting Indian culture – Hiroshima, May 20 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with some of the most prominent Japanese individuals who played a key role in promoting Indian culture in Japan on Saturday. He said that such encounters help to improve mutual understanding and forge deeper ties between the two nations.
Prime Minister Modi accepted an invitation from his Japanese colleague Fumio Kishida to attend three sessions of the G7 Summit in Hiroshima. Modi met Dr. Tomio Mizokami, a distinguished author, linguist, and expert in the Hindi and Punjabi languages. He is a Professor Emeritus at the Graduate School of Foreign Studies of Osaka University. Mizokami received the Padma Shri award in 2018 in recognition of his efforts to advance Indian literature and culture in Japan.
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Additionally, Hiroko Takayama, a Western-style painter born in Hiroshima whose works have been profoundly affected by her long-standing connection to India, was introduced to and engaged with by Modi. According to the press release, Takayama has had exhibitions and led a number of seminars in India. He also served as a visiting professor at Visva Bharati University, Shanti Niketan, for a brief period of time. One of her well-known pieces, an oil painting of Lord Buddha from 2022, was given to the prime minister by the artist. According to Prime Minister Modi, these exchanges help to strengthen the ties between our nations and deepen mutual respect and understanding.
On the first leg of his three-nation trip to Japan, Papua New Guinea, and Australia, Modi arrived in Hiroshima on Friday. He is scheduled to participate in over 40 engagements during this time. From May 19 to May 21, Modi will be in Hiroshima mostly for the annual summit of the G7 major nations, where he will likely address global issues such as the security of food, fertiliser, and energy. With some of the world leaders in attendance at the Hiroshima G7 Summit, he will have private discussions. Along with the European Union, the G7 group consists of Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Canada, and Italy.
Additionally, he will be present in the third physical Quad Summit, which will be hosted by Japanese Prime Minister Kishida.