India Japan Laboratory

The laboratory aims to undertake cutting edge bilateral / multilateral research on different topics, and to enhance higher education collaboration and partnership, and facilitate exchange of intellectual capital. The lab collectively addresses, analyzes, learns and nurtures the issues related to India and Japan and beyond, and make it more relevant to the global communities under three key pillars:


Environment, Development, Economics, Disaster Risk Reduction, and Climate change

Existing, New & Emerging Technologies (Data Science, AI, IOT)

Culture, Yoga, History, Art, Music, Film, Religion & Language

Our Mission

India Japan Laboratory (IJL) engages students and faculty members in inter-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder (private sector, non-government organizations and citizens) education, action research and policy advocacy programs on issues relevant to India and Japan. Through collective co-learning from India, IJL aims to co-design innovative solutions with governments, private sector, citizen groups and other related stakeholders. It provides unique learning opportunities for Keio students as well as students from different universities and research institutions from India and the world.

Key Goals

With the existing inter-disciplinary nature of education and research in the Shonan Fujisawa Campus (SFC) of Keio University, the IJL has the following goals:

  • Conduct India Studies Course in SFC
  • Facilitate, engage and support faculty and student exchange programs with India, including internship opportunities in universities, private sector, start-ups
  • Engage public figures from India and Japan to deliver lectures and seminars
  • Share knowledge and expertise from India, Japan and globally
  • Develop a Community of Knowledge and Practice through action-based learning


Environment, Development, Economics, Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate change, Social Innovation, and MSMEs
  • Rajib Shaw
  • Satoko Oki
    Associate Professor
  • Tomo Kawane
    Senior Researcher
  • Ranit Chatterjee
    Senior Researcher
  • Sachiko Takane
    Adjunct Researcher

Existing, New & Emerging Technologies (Data Science, AI, IOT), Start-up Ecosystem
  • Jun Murai
  • Hiroya Tanaka
  • Kazuto Ataka
  • Rodney D. Van Meter
  • Keiji Takeda
  • Shigeya Suzuki
    Project Professor
  • Yukio Takeyari
    Senior Researcher
  • Kotaro Kataoka
    IIT Hyderabad

Culture, Yoga, History, Diplomacy Art, Music, Film, Religion & Language
  • Ken Jimbo
  • Yuka Uchida
    Senior Researcher
  • Patrick Savage
    Associate Professor
  • Akiko Kato


  • Ambassador Aftab Seth
    Ex Indian Ambassador to Japan, Professor of Keio University
  • Kazuaki Ohashi
    The Yoga Organization of Japan

IJL Consortium


India, being the largest democracy and an emerging economy, is home to 1.3 billion people. India is characterized by its long history, diversity in ethnic group, culture, religion, food, climate and many more. Although India was the center of Indus civilization in 3300 BC, the country today faces severe development problems including poverty, food, water security, and sanitation issues among others. At the same time, the region shows one of the highest economic growth rates over the last decade and has huge potential to be the development hotspot in the coming decades.

In the present decade, the relationship between Japan and India is advancing on a faster note than ever before. The significant development of Japan-India strategic partnership, high-speed railway, consumer nuclear cooperation, development of Japan-India economic relations and memorandum of cooperation of Japanese language education in India signifies that Japan-India bilateral relations have entered a new era.

To further expand the horizon of Japan-India relations, it is essential to maximize the interaction of human resource, especially the young generation of both nations. Prime Minister of Japan Hon. Shinzo Abe has emphasized that ‘Japan-India relations are international public goods that support regional order.’ In order to achieve that, substantial capacity development of youth and young professionals in premier educational institutes related to technology, commerce, development, humanities and law is required.

Henceforth, the premier educational Institutes of India and Japan collectively need to come forward to create a generation of expertise and human resource who will engage at global level to execute the “Japan and India Vision 2025 Special Strategic and Global Partnership Working Together for Peace.”


India Japan Laboratory
Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus (SFC)
5322 Endo, Fujisawa, Kanagawa 252-0882
+81-466- 49-3641
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