Kohima, 6 December (MTNews): Addressing the ongoing Hornbill Festival at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama, the Ambassador of Japan to India, Hiroshi Suzuki, expressed his enthusiasm for fostering cultural ties between Japan and Nagaland. Suzuki shared his desire for more Naga people to visit Japan, emphasizing the importance of cultural exchange.

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Ambassador of Japan to India, Hiroshi Suzuki (second from right)

Highlighting recent developments, Suzuki revealed that Nagaland University and ARMS Incorporation, a company specializing in sending apprentices to Japan, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Under this agreement, Nagaland University will offer Japanese language education, opening avenues for Naga individuals to pursue studies, skill training, and job opportunities in Japan.

Suzuki underscored the significance of strengthening cooperation between Japan and Nagaland, citing the longstanding historical ties which date back to the Second World War. He emphasized that this collaboration aims to facilitate reciprocal people-to-people exchanges, fostering a deep sense of friendship.

Acknowledging the warm invitation from the Government of Nagaland to participate in the Hornbill Festival, Suzuki expressed appreciation for the rich Naga culture and traditions handed down by the ancestors. He also recognized the generosity of the Naga people, extending gratitude to all Japanese individuals who came to the state to collect remains after World War Two. Suzuki urged more Japanese citizens to visit Nagaland, promoting mutual understanding and cultural appreciation.

During his visit, the ambassador had the opportunity to witness captivating cultural performances, explore traditional Morungs, and visit various stalls at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama. Suzuki’s presence at the festival further signifies the growing cultural exchange and collaboration between Japan and Nagaland.

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