I think it's wonderful that India and Japan have such a close relationship. I think India should celebrate its amicable friendship with Japan more often. In fact, I think India should attempt to build a "special relationship" with Japan. Economic Ties The two countries share a free-trade agreement. Japan is the fifth-largest investor into India, and the third-largest "normal" investor after USA and Russia. (Singapore and Mauritius are tax-havens). Japan recently provided India with a soft loan in order to build India's first bullet train, and I think Japan should be the primary source for the bullet train (or mag-lev) network in India. India and Japan should create a closer free-trade deal than invigorates more economic movement between the two countries. Military Ties India and Japan have conducted several military exercises together, and both share a passion for maintaining neutrality in the South China Sea. Japan's military industry is incredibly developed and among the most advanced in the world. They have the eight largest military budget in the world. The production costs are high for the Japanese due to a desire to not export arms, but the nation is fully self-sufficient in the area of defense. Japan should become a major source for India's military imports. India should also host Japan's military in a similar manner to China's increasing global reach, and request that Japan provides a home for India's forces too. The two countries should conduct more military exercises together. They should also form a closer military alliance that involves some military base sharing. The two should prioritize peacekeeping in the South China Sea. Popular View India is held very highly by the peoples of Japan, especially in comparison to its neighbour Pakistan. Japanese people hate India the least out of all major countries, according to the GlobeScan poll from 2015; the lack of hate is only matched by Sri Lankans. Japan is also one of the most favored country among the peoples of India.