Prelims level : International Mains level : Bilateral, Regional and Global Groupings and Agreements Involving India and/or Affecting India’s Interests.
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  • Japan has remarked the sale of U.S-2 aircraft as part of the goal for realising a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific”.
  • India and Japan have been negotiating the US-2 amphibious aircraft deal for the last six years or so, but there has been no headway due to the high price.

Significance of Indo-Pacific:

  • The two countries have been deepening their cooperation on “Free and Open Indo Pacific” in the wake of an assertive and pro-active China, and they now participate in the Malabar exercises and also hold the Quadrilateral meeting with the US and Australia.

In the context of the same:

  • Japan is also preparing for early holding of the 2+2 ministerial meeting between the two countries. Japan is the second country to have a dialogue with India, after the US.
  • Making progress in the cooperation for promoting connectivity through high-quality infrastructure, and Work to concretize defence and security cooperation.
  • The other areas of cooperation were:
  • Importance of defence
  • Outer space
  • Digital economy
  • Mumbai Ahmedabad high speed railway project
  • Convention Centre in Varanasi
  • Infrastructure projects in North-East India
  • A cancer hospital in Kenya
  • India is also willing for a new initiative with Japan, which is a coalition of countries for disaster-resilient infrastructure, and the need to enhance capacity building abilities of countries.
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