External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on Saturday inaugurated the new chancery building of the Indian embassy in Tokyo, describing it as a "fitting symbol" of the expanding partnership between India and Japan.
Located in sylvan surroundings of the famed cherry-blossom boulevard, the chancery is a stone's throw away from the Yasukuni shrine and opposite the Imperial Palace of the Emperor of Japan.
"This new building is a fitting symbol of the expanding partnership between our two countries and a reflection of India as a modern and great nation," said Krishna, who is in Tokyo on a four-day visit.
Considered as an architectural marvel, the new building meets the functional requirements of the embassy and also adds a touch of elegance.
"During my brief tour of the excellent facilities offered by this new Chancery, I have been struck by the care and attention that has gone into ensuring the highest standards of design and execution," he said.
He said the building and its cultural centre will be a base for Japanese friends and the Indian community for strengthening the bonds between the two countries.