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Govt forms 'Japan Plus' team to fast track investments

Govt forms Japan Plus team to fast track investments
During the recent visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Japan, the country had offered to invest $33.5 billion over the next five years by way of public-private partnership and overseas development assistance.

'Japan Plus has been operationalised with effect from 8 October, 2014. Japan Plus will be coordinated by Kenichiro Toyofuku from METI and will comprise of four Indians and two Japanese officials,' the statement added.

METI is Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. The mandate of the 'Japan Plus' team runs through the entire spectrum of investment promotion, research, outreach, promotion, facilitation and aftercare.

The team will support the Indian government in initiating, attracting, facilitating, fast tracking and handholding Japanese investments across sectors. The team will also be responsible for providing updated information on investment opportunities across sectors, in specific projects and in industrial corridors in particular.

'In addition, the Japan Plus team will identify prospective Japanese companies, including, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and facilitate their investments in India,' it added.

Besides, India has also constituted a core group chaired by Cabinet Secretary on India-Japan Investment Promotion Partnership. This group will comprise of Chairman, Railway Board, Foreign Secretary and Secretaries of DIPP, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Financial Services, Urban Development, Information Technology and others.

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