Sharad Pawar – President, NCP:
Feeling honoured for the opportunity to welcome the Consul – General of Japan Mr. Michio Harada.
During his visit to my office, Mr. Harada emphasized the need of expanding bilateral relations between India and Japan, especially strengthening relations with Mumbai & Maharashtra.
I am thankful to Mr. Harada for inviting me to the Tokyo Olympics 2021. He also invited me at his residence for further discussions on Indo-Japanese relations over dinner.
During our talks, I recalled my visit to Japan during my early days in politics. I shared my fond memories of the Japan visit with Mr. Harada and showed him the old photographs of that visit.
MP Supriya Sule was also present to the meeting. She expressed her liking for Japanese food and praised the hugely popular tradition of Cherry Blossom season.
Mr. Harada was keen to know my views and thoughts on Indo-Japanese relations. It was a pleasure to have shared my experiences with him and I am looking forward to taking our camaraderie further.