India, Japan sign agreement for bilateral cooperation for Tokyo Olympics, Paralympics

Tokyo [Japan], Nov. 11 : In a bid to promote bilateral cooperation in the field of arts and culture, India and Japan on Friday signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) which aims to promote the exchange of exhibitions and personnel in the performing and visual arts.

The MoC signed between the Ministry of Culture, Government of India and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Government of Japan also aims to promote exchange of exhibitions and experts from museums; and to promote people-to-people exchanges between the two countries.

The MOC also provides for sharing of experiences in the field of libraries with a view to promote library activities in both countries.

Both the countries also signed an agreement provide a framework for bilateral cooperation in the field of sports ahead of the forthcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.

The MoC signed between the Ministry of Youth affairs and Sports, Government of India and Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Government of Japan Under this MoC, the two sides would seek to promote training of athletes; training of coaches; programmes for sports science and anti-doping; programmes for developing sports education, sports infrastructure and management; and exchange visits of sports leaders, administrators, professionals and experts.

Specific cooperative mechanism will be pursued by respective sports agencies in their specified areas of activities, subsequent to signing of this MoC.

Apart from these, another Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Gujarat Government and Hyogo Prefectural Government, Japan.

The present MoU seeks to promote mutual cooperation between Gujarat and Hyogo in the fields of academics, business, cultural cooperation, disaster management and environmental protection.

A steering committee to oversee the implementation of the MoU will also be constituted alongside identifying the agencies to carry out designated activities.

The Department of Industries (and) Mines of Government of Gujarat and International Affairs Bureau of Hyogo Prefectural Government have been identified as the contact points for developing project activities under this MoU.

In total, India and Japan inked 10 bilateral agreements, which includes the historic civil nuclear cooperation deal.

Source: ANI