Japanese envoy laments country's absence in Bihar



Patna: Consul General of Japan, Fuzio Samukawa on Thursday lamented that business houses of his country had no presence in Bihar where the GDP has registered a growth rate of 11.03 per cent.

Samukawa said despite business ties between the two countries being "very good", poor investments had been made by Japanese companies in the eastern states of Bihar, West Bengal and Orissa.

The Consul General, who had an hour-long meeting with Nitish Kumar, later told reporters that he had invited the Bihar Chief Minister to visit Japan.

The Japanese envoy said the country's investment was booming in the western part of India but the presence of Japanese firms was almost nil in the eastern side.

However, Samukawa said, "No investment proposal was discussed during the meeting with the Chief Minister."

A project to improve the Buddhist circuit in the state is in the offing thereby generating some hope of investment, particularly in road sector, he said.

PTI