Half a Century

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Authored By : Seth Aftab

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Half a Century

My Connections with Japan A Memoir

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A former Ambassador of India to Japan writes about his half a century of connections with Japan.

His days as a student in Tokyo in the early sixties bring alive the flavour of Japan before the 1964 Olympics, the first big coming out party for Japan in the 20th century.

The mystique associated with the Chrysanthemum Throne, the oldest monarchy as seen by an ambassador who knows the Japanese language, the people and many members of the Imperial Family.

India Japan Relations in the early seventies as seen by a junior diplomat; the early years of the 21st Century when the foundations for the Strategic Partnership were laid as seen by an insider and key player. A frank portrayal of the highs and lows in the relationship across this entire period are narrated: the 1971 war, the May 1998 nuclear tests, economic sanctions and then the blossoming of the Global Partnership for the 21st Century.

The extraordinary attempts to reach out to all sections of Japanese society through books, articles written and speeches made by the author, laying the groundwork for the many faceted relationship seen today.

Beyond the world of diplomacy, the author gives an account of the years spent in Japan as a university professor. This last decade of the author's connections with Japan describe attempts to link academic institutions across many continents, the work of an NGO he founded  and the many educational institutions with which the author is connected.

This is a panoramic view of half a century of India's relations with Japan as seen by an Indian whose knowledge about Japan is as deep as it is wide.

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   1.  My Year in Japan at Keio University: 1962 to 1963

   2.  Junior Diplomat in Tokyo

   3.  The Imperial Mystique

   4.  My Connections with Japan: Ambassador

   5.  Out Reach
        Religious Groups and Organizations, NGOs, Schools
        Prefectures and Towns
        Universities, Clubs and Other Venues
        Articles in Newspapers, Journals and Magazines

   6.  A Micronesian Interlude

   7.  Beyond the Life of a Diplomat
        In India from October 2003 till June 2004
        My Return to Japan in 2004
        Keio University
        University Teaching
        Doshisha University – Kyoto
        Kyoto again after Keio
        Travels to India from Keio – Connecting Keio to Indian Institutions
        Japan India Partnership Forum NGO
        Lectures and Seminars Outside Keio
        Articles for Journals and Newspapers
        The Global Indian International Schools
        Parliament of Cultures, Ankara, Turkey and Amman, Jordan
        Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay; The Indian
        Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi
        Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF), Satya Sai Education Foundation, 
        MS Swaminathan Foundation (Asia Initiatives), The Asiatic 
        Society of Japan
        Travels to other Countries for Keio University

   8.  Epilogue
        Photograph Gallery


           I  The Most Perfectly Complete Year in My Life
           II  Letter to JS (XP) of 19/6/02 and to DG (ICCR) Re: 50th Anniversary
           III  Letter to Smt. Nirupama Rao

           IV  Letter to Mrs. Rathi Vinay Jha


              Events for 50th Anniversary of Establishment of Indo-Japan Diplomatic Relations


              List of Events Connected with the Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Diplomatic Relations


              List of Lectures/Speeches Delivered by Aftab Seth,
              Ambassador as Part of the Celebrations to
              Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the
              Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between
              India and Japan

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