(Announcement of the event) Japan-Southwest Asia Exchange Year 2022 Webinar

“Japan and South Asia relations: Toward the more inclusive and sustainable future”

This year, Japan celebrates the anniversaries with the seven countries in South Asia. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan has designated 2022 as “Japan-Southwest Asia Exchange Year” with the aim of taking Japan’s relations with the countries of Southwest Asia to new heights.


The Ministry takes this opportunity to organize a webinar titled “Japan-South Asia relations: Toward the more inclusive and sustainable future” to discuss and think the relations between Japan and South Asia in coming years, with the participation of the panelists from the 7 countries in South Asia.

Date:  Wednesday, 16 March 2022

Time:  JST 15:00-17:30+

     Bangladesh/Bhutan: 12:00 noon-14:30+, India/Sri Lanka: 11:30-14:00+,

     Maldives/Pakistan: 11:00-13:30+, Nepal: 11:45-14:15+)

Language: English (English-Japanese simultaneous interpretation available for Japanese audience)

Registration required:  https://forms.gle/V6S6oGdCxsCsWn4d8

Closing date for registration: Sunday, 13 March 2022 (JST)

★Webinar URL will be sent to the registered e-mail address by the previous day of the webinar. In case the URL would not be received, please check the junk mail box.


Opening of the webinar

Welcome Remarks (Video message) by Mr. HONDA Taro, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan

Session 1: Japan-South Asia relations: past, present, and future


Ms. MURAYAMA Mayumi, Executive Vice-President, Institute of Developing Economies (IDE-JETRO)


〇Bangladesh: Dr. Delwar Hossain, Director, East Asia Center, University of Dhaka

〇Bhutan: Hon. Dasho Karma Ura, President, Centre for Bhutan Studies and GNH Studies

〇India: Prof. Srabani Roychoudhury, Centre for East Asian Studies, JNU

〇Maldives: Mr. Ibrahim Hood, Secretary, Foreign Relations, The President’s Office

〇Nepal:  Ms. Amira Dali, President, Love Green Nepal

〇Pakistan: Mr. Qamar Abbas Cheema, Lecturer, National University of Modern Languages

〇Sri Lanka: Senior Professor H.D. Karunaratne, University of Colombo

Session 2: Japan-South Asia: joint action for the future

◆Moderator: Prof. ISAKA Riho, the University of Tokyo


〇Sri Lanka: Ms. Shayari De Silva, Curator, Art and Archival Collections, Geoffery Bawa Trust

〇Pakistan: Mr. Rehan Adamjee, Deputy Director, Strategy, Planning & Growth, Vital Pakistan

〇Nepal: Mr. Bhushan Dahal, Executive Director, Kids of Kathmandu

〇Maldives: Ms. Fathmath Fazleena Fakir, Managing Director, Business Center Corporation Limited

〇India: Dr. Titli Basu, Associate Fellow, East Asia Centre, IDSA

〇Bhutan: Hon. Phuntsho Rapten, Member, National Council

〇Bangladesh: Mr. Tahsan Khan, Singer-songwriter and actor

Wrap-up of the webinar by Prof. HORIMOTO Takenori, Visiting Professor, Gifu Women’s University

Closing of the webinar

*This “Announcement of the event” is posted at the request of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan.