26 October, 2020

‘We’re Not Going To War With Any Country...’

The former Japanese PM on the current visit, bilateral ties and developments in Japan’s neighbourhood.

‘We’re Not Going To War With Any Country...’
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A former rugby player, Yoshiro Mori’s style of functioning as Japan’s prime minister from 2000 to 2001 did not leave him with many fans. But many in India credit the 77-year-old politician with taking the first steps towards strengthening relations bet­ween India and Japan after the Pokhran tests. As part of the Japanese emperor’s delegation to India, he took time from his hectic schedule to speak to Pranay Sharma on the current visit, bilateral ties and developments in Japan’s neighbourhood. Excerpts:

Initiatives to strengthen Indo-Japan ties were taken when you were the prime minister. How did it happen and how much have they progressed?

When World War II ended, I was in second grade. Japan was defeated. We were taught in school that Japan fought against major powers of the world and lost. Stories were doing the rounds that the Americans will come and take over the country, that they’ll arrest all the adults and kill the children. All this was quite...

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