Islamabad: Japan hopes to have a modern, economically developed and powerful Pakistan. He said that to achieve this goal, the country must adopt a policy of export-led growth through industrial and technological growth.
“Japan has set an example for the rest of the world to emerge as a top world economy by modernizing its education system, hard work and commitment,” Minister and Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Japan in Pakistan Yusuke Shindo said.
He said in a five-day webinar series entitled “Understanding Japan” jointly organized by the Japanese Embassy and the Islamabad Conflict Resolution Institute (IICR).
The head of the delegation of the Japanese Embassy in Pakistan, Yusuke Shinto, gave a speech in this first webinar series, with topics including “Japan-Japanese people, society and traditions, Japanese education-vital to the development of Japan”, secret “Japan’s Economic Development” and “Japanese Culture and Japan-Pakistan Relations.”
In expressing his secret views beyond the economic development of Japan, he said that the harmony of Japanese society is a key factor, and the culture, education and dedication of the working group are also symbols of Japanese society.
The senior diplomat said that Japan has transformed society through modern education to obtain modern technology and innovation. “We have established educational institutions to equip our youth with modern and innovative education.
He said: “These are the reasons for surpassing Japan’s modernization and development. We achieved it through a strong educational foundation, social harmony and peace.”
Shindo Yusuke said that the Japanese have a high savings culture, and the government also provides long-term credits to support the public in various SMEs.
He said that the Japanese government has maintained the country’s fiscal discipline, and the prefecture has also actively maintained its exchange rate to strengthen its national currency in order to return credit provided by international financial institutions, including the World Bank, in a timely manner.
Answering the question, he said that Japan is now the world’s third largest economy with a gross domestic product (GDP) of US$5.15 trillion. Despite all the challenges, it has achieved the economic growth agenda through technology and innovation.
He said that when updating Japan’s social and economic cooperation with Pakistan, Japan has been expanding economic cooperation in the fields of health, education and infrastructure in its 70-year history of diplomatic and economic relations.
The head of the delegation of the Japanese Embassy said that Japan supported Pakistan, and in 1984, at the time, Japanese Prime Minister Nakashiro presided over the establishment of the Children’s Hospital of the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS).
Japan has also funded various infrastructure projects carried out in Pakistan by four provinces to promote the country’s development and prosperity.
He said that Japan hopes to expand cooperation and promote economic and infrastructure development. Human security, including education and health, is a major area for future cooperation between the two sides.
The senior diplomat said that increasing Pakistan’s exports to Japan and bringing Japanese companies’ investment in the local market and skilled human resources to Japan would be the future pillar of economic cooperation with Pakistan.
He said that Japan saw great opportunities to cooperate with Pakistan in agriculture and tourism through technology transfer and investment in local potential sectors.
He said that Pakistan’s tourism industry has great potential, and they need to provide convenience to foreign tourists, including transportation and hotel facilities, to convince them to promote the development of local tourism.
Commenting on human resources imported from Pakistan, he said that the Japanese government has initiated procedures for importing skilled manpower from 14 different sectors from Pakistan, aiming to provide employment opportunities for the Pakistani workforce.
According to the agreement signed by the two ministries of commerce, the agreement will provide Pakistani people with new channels in 14 areas including nursing, construction clinics, agriculture, fishing, hotel management, food and beverage, aircraft maintenance and airport ground crew, shipbuilding , Imported skilled labor in materials processing, industrial machinery, construction, auto mechanics, electronic products and electronic machinery.