On Thursday, October 16th at 16:30, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation organized a lecture on a new possibility for India-Japan relations with a focus on energy issues. The lecture will be given by an Indian parliament member visiting Japan.
Since 2004, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation has been inviting parliament members from India to Japan in an effort to further promote mutual understanding between the two nations. To mark the 11th year of the initiative this year, five members from Rajya Sabha (Indian's upper house) and Lok Sabha (the lower house) will be invited to Japan under the theme of energy, which has become one of the most imminent issues in today's India.
With its population reaching one billion, India has already become the world's fourth largest energy consumer. In the last five years, the crude oil and natural gas import has been doubled. In such circumstances, people started to see possibilities in cleaner utilization of existing coal consumption and solar and other renewable energies, as they face challenges of environment conservation and global warming. As the promotion of bilateral talks for energy issues was one of the themes embraced at the first visit by the newly elected Prime Minister Modi, the lecture provided a forum for much needed exchanges of viewpoints.