Manipur had an Emotional Relationship with Japan – Governor
Imphal, December 13, 2017 (DIPR): A team of 10 member Buddhist delegation led by Mr. Bhikshu Gyomyo Nakamura, Japan called on the Hon’ble Governor of Manipur, Dr. Najma Heptulla at Raj Bhavan, today. Sharing her experiences on her visits to Asian countries, Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla interacted with the delegation team and discussed on the relation especially between Manipur and Japan.
Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla said that Manipur had an emotional relationship with Japan from way back. Interacting with the delegation team, she said that she had discussion on the Indo-Japanese relation and Manipur-Japanese relation with the Ambassador of Japan a year back. She had discussed about the cleaning of the Loktak Lake, the largest fresh water lake in North-East India, with the Ambassador. She also said that she invited the Japanese delegation coming for the Business Summit at the Sangai Festival and asked them to invest in Manipur in building the road. She further said that the Japanese should built roads in Manipur for connectivity with the entire South East Asia which she is also pursuing the matter with the Government to have good road connections with the entire South East Asian Countries.
She added that there is a close cultural relation and that the religion Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism are still in practice in South East Asian countries. India’s ethos is spread through out the Asian countries and that the Prime Minister talked about the ancient relation that we have with Japan at the South East Asian Summit, she added. Japan had a very close relationship not only on the platform of Buddhism, but from the 2nd world war and Japan wants to connect specifically with Manipur and expressed that there will be many more relationship with Japan in the near future. The Governor also asked the delegation team to visit the Museum where the artefacts of the World War were displayed.
Mr. Nakamura said that the main purpose of their visit is to pray for the war victims of the Japanese Army, the Indian Army and the Civilians who died in the 2nd World War particularly Japanese-Imphal-Ladakh war. Japanese want to connect with the North East people of India and that he had requested the Governor to make the State Government provide good connectivity so that Japanese Tourist can visit the state and can promote Manipur tourism, he further added.