India-Japan MoU in ICT sector

India and Japan recently signed Memorandum of Understanding to enhance cooperation in the field of Information and Communications Technology. The agreement included standardization of 5G as well.

Key Features of the Agreement

India and Japan will enhance cooperation in the field of telecom security, 5G technologies, submarine optical fiber cable system to islands of India, smart cities, spectrum management, high altitude platform for broadband in unconnected areas, public safety and disaster management.

India-Japan

In September 2020, India and Japan signed Military Logistics Agreement. The agreement allowed the countries to exchange supplies and services on a reciprocal basis. Japan was the sixth country with which India signed the agreement after US, France, Singapore, South Korea and Australia.

Japan has committed to manufacture 30% of Indian aircrafts. This will increase defence manufacturing of India.

India-Japan Nuclear Deal

India and Japan signed the nuclear deal in 2015. Under the agreement, Japan can supply nuclear reactors, fuel and technology to India. The Agreement allows India to purchase nuclear reactors with more than 1,000 MW capacity. India will get nuclear breeder technology and nuclear fuel fabrication technology from Japan. India is the only non-NPT (Non-Proliferation Treaty) signatory with which Japan has entered into a civil nuclear deal.

Military Exercises

India and Japan Armies held the first “Dharma Guardian” exercise in 2018. Also, the Indian and Japanese Air Force held their first bilateral exercise called “Shinyuu Maitri” in 2018. India, United States and Japan hold Malabar Naval exercise annually on regular basis.

Maritime Domain Awareness

The defence cooperation between India and Japan has helped in steady progress of Maritime Domain Awareness. The Maritime Domain Awareness is the understanding associated with global maritime domain. India has two centres specially dedicated for Maritime Domain Awareness. They are as follows

  • Information Management and Analysis Centre, IMAC
  • Information Fusion Centre-Indian Ocean Region (IFC-IOR)

The centres are located at Gurugram.

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