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The deeproot collaboration gave an excellent opportunity to prospective job seekers who are planning to move to Japan…reports Asian Lite News

NEDO, in collaboration with IIT-Delhi, held an interactive event where five Japanese startups made presentations for Indian students.

In a bid to further deepen technological collaboration between India and Japan, the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation (NEDO) and the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT-Delhi) held a day-long event called ‘NEDO IIT-Delhi Japanese Deep-Tech Collaboration’ in IIT-Delhi on June 11. As part of this growing bilateral ties between the two Asian nations, NEDO has been playing a key role in taking this collaboration to greater heights.

Japan is home to startups and these companies are scouting for talents in premier Indian technological institute.

Inaugurating the event, Takashi Ariyoshi, minister and deputy chief of mission, the Embassy of Japan in New Delhi, said, “I would like to congratulate NEDO for organising the NEDO-IITD Japanese Deep Tech Collaboration event. To deepen collaboration between Japan and India, promotion of people-to-people contact is one of the most important agendas in the whole spectrum of bilateral relations. During the March 2023 summit meeting between Prime Minister Kishida and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the importance of human-to-human connect was reaffirmed. Prime Minister Narendra Modi attaches lot of importance in creating more opportunities for the younger generations.”

Ariyoshi added that Japanese Government is seriously working on creating more job opportunities for Indian talented students in Japan.

“However, some Indian students may not have a clear image of how the working environment in Japan actually is. This conference will clear such doubts of the students who are keen to study and work in Japan,” the minister added.

The deeproot collaboration gave an excellent opportunity to prospective job seekers who are planning to move to Japan.

He said that the top five Japanese startups will extend an excellent opportunity to the talented IIT students to work in and join the glorious journey towards excellence.

Welcoming the dignitaries from Japan, Prof James Gomes, dean International Programmes, IIT-Delhi said, “The friendship between India and Japan is quite long.” Taking a cue from the long standing India Japan strategic partnership, Gomes said, “IIT-Delhi is also looking Japan as a strategic partner for technical collaboration.” Various top officials from IIT-Delhi have visited Japan in the last couple of years.”

He referred to SHIRU CAFE in IIT-Delhi which is a free coffee outlet where students need to interact with employees from Japan and learn about Japanese language. IIT Delhi also has two Japanese Faculties. “We are very privileged that NEDO has considered IIT-Delhi as a partner for Japanese deep tech collaboration,” Prof Gomes added.

NEDO Support for new ventures

In his address Takeshi Yoshida, director general, NEDO HQ, talked about the journey of NEDO and its various engagements in India. NEDO has also been supporting the R&D works of various Japanese startups. “We are very glad to bring 5 NEDO-supported Japanese startups to IIT-Delhi for deep tech collaboration. This collaboration is a part of expansion programme of Japanese startups. NEDO has created a platform where Japanese startups and students of IIT-Delhi could meet. Japan has maintained a high level of technology especially in manufacturing segment. I am confident that the enthusiasm of IIT-Delhi students will make the relationship brighter and more prosperous in near future,” Yoshida added. Visiting professor at IIT-Delhi Yoshiro Azuma in his concluding remarks, praised the dedication and intense nature of Indian IIT students. “The presentations made by the Japanese startups reflected a human character orientation in them. They revealed a zeal to work for the welfare of human beings and promoted work culture.”

Startups showcase

Shozo Kamiya, CEO I’mbesideyou, talked about how his personal tragedy prompted Kamiya start this venture that aims at fostering a world where digital communication champions empathy above all else.

Jagjeet Singh, MD India, Digireha Inc, highlighted his company’s mission is to revolutionise healthcare by offering a digital rehabilitation solution for special kids and elder care, creating more inclusive and accessible solutions. Kaoru Tsuda, CEO, Nano Frontier Technology Co Ltd presented the company’s ground-breaking work on solar heat absorption films. These films are engineered to improve the efficiency of solar panels, contributing significantly to renewable energy advancements.

Closer Inc CEO Shota Higuchi talked about advanced robotic solutions to automate and optimise various industrial processes. The company’s robots are designed to increase productivity and efficiency in manufacturing sectors.

Kei Kamada, president, C&A (Crystals and Applications) Corporation talked about his startups that deals with consulting of crystalline business, scintillator crystals, arrays and scintillation detectors and single crystal growth service.

MiraiKikai Inc founder & CEO Tohru Miyake highlighted how robots offered automated solar cleaning systems for utility-scale plants that use artificial intelligence.

Kanav Rikhi, innovation manager, Maruti Suzuki India Limited and Pradeep Kumar Yadav, regional business manager, sales, Air Water India Pvt Limited, also talked about their respective startups’ journey.

No doubt the students of the IIT were immensely benefited from the deep-tech collaboration.

Thus Mitashi, a second-year student of IIT-Delhi said, “It was a great opportunity as we could interact with top Japanese companies. I learnt many things about Japanese work culture and about cutting-edge technologies. It was immensely helpful for the students.”

Another key attraction of the event was the extensive interaction of students with Japanese startup companies. It evoked very impressive response from the students.

Curtains came down to the proceedings of the day with the screening of the Japanese film ‘My Broken Mariko’ in association with the Japan Foundation.

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