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Japanese companies to set up a mini Japan in Khoraj

Japanese companies to set up a mini Japan in Khoraj

Gandhinagar, January 19, 2019 : The Gujarat government welcomed Japanese industries and said that they can create a mini Japan in the Japan Industrial Township (Sanand-III) in Khoraj about 20km from Ahmedabad.

In the meantime, Japanese automaker Suzuki Motor Corporation on Friday said it will commission its third plant at Gujarat by 2020 and will vigorously introduce new hybrid vehicles in India with technical support from Toyota. The managing director of Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation, D Thara, said the government has recognized an area in Khoraj for the Japan industrial township close to the Mandal-Becharaji Special Investment Region.

Addressing during the country seminar of Japan Thara said, “There are eight new Japanese companies who are part of the assignment and we want all these eight companies to invest in the state.” To accelerate the Japanese firms and investors the state has set up a Japanese help desk which will reply to a mail within 12 hours, Thara said .

The Mandal-Becharaji SIR will be the next destination for Japanese firms with Khoraj coming up as an area for setting up township schools, she added. “The nearly 50 sq km area can be a place where the Japanese people can live with their own culture, have their schools and activity facilities.” She further said that the road network is being developed, while the government is also constructing an underground sump for round the clock water supply. 

Yoshihiko Isozaki, State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan, too pitched for the Mandal Becharaji SIR. During the seminar, MIZUHO bank which signed an MoU with the industries and mines department stated that Gujarat, which produced nearly 0.7 million cars at present, will even out two million cars by 2030. It was also stated that there are nearly 50 auto part manufacturing units which by 2030 would increase to 500.

Whereas the ties between the two countries began official with Japan-India diplomatic relations first being established in 1952, the pace of Japanese investment in India, particularly in Gujarat, has risen significantly over the last decade. Ahmedabad is now home to around 200 Japanese nationals.