Times of India – Aug 18, 2012, 05.37AM IST
Japan’s consul-general in Mumbai, Kiyoshi Asako, appeared quite impressed with the infrastructure he saw in and around Ahmedabad on his first visit to Gujarat on Friday and declared that scores of Japanese companies were lining up to make investments in the state due to the same reason. He said that compared to Mumbai, he found Ahmedabad greener and with better managed traffic.
He also praised the power situation in the state, security and the friendly labour, in the backdrop of the recent black-out in north and east India and the problems Maruti Suzuki is facing in Haryana.
“Ahmedabad seems to have the right pace. It is not as busy as Mumbai and we Japanese are happy to learn that there are many golf courses around the city.”
Asako felt that Gujarat was bound to attract Japanese investments, being strategically located on the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor. Chief minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Japan made more Japanese companies consider Gujarat as the right location to invest in India.
During his meet with Modi on Friday, the two discussed how ties between Japan and Gujarat could be strengthened with a possible tie-up during the ‘Vibrant Gujarat’ investment meet to be held in January 2013. Projects, including a ‘Mini Japan’ township, also figured in the talks. “Japanese companies will be happy to invest in a township which provides a familiar environment for better quality of life,” he said.
Source: Times of India