As India's image acquires a new shine here, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Thursday made it a point to heap praise on the nearly 15,000-strong Indian diaspora in Japan for building "new bridges" of understanding between the two Asian powers.
"I applaud their efforts to keep the culture, spirit and idea of India alive in their adopted home. They are our ambassadors to the world since they represent dynamism of a new India on the move," Manmohan Singh said while inaugurating the year-long Festival of India in Japan that will showcase "vibrancy of Indian culture in all its diversity."
"I am confident that they are building new bridges between our two nations through their diligence, creativity and enterprise that have become the hallmark of the Indian diaspora all over the world," he told the audience gathered to see scintillating dance and music by Indian artistes.
Many proud Indians had braved the biting cold of the Tokyo winter to soak in the nostalgia and relish an Indian evening in the Japanese capital. Half of the Indians living in Japan have their homes in the Japanese capital that is known for its cleanliness, towering buildings and some of the swankiest malls in the world.
Indians in Japan are involved in a vast spectrum of business activities and technology-related professions.