Japan Sees India as “Mecca of IT Industry”

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Japan wants to fill its IT sector manpower gap with human resources from India, reported Japan External Trade Organization. JETRO is a government agency that promotes mutually beneficial trade and investment relations between Japan and other nations.

During the press conference hosted by the Confederation of Indian Industry, JETRO said that the Japanese government eyes to specifically collaborate with companies in Hyderabad, which is a major city for the technology industry in India.

JETRO’s executive VP Shigeki Maeda said that there is a shortage of human resources and IT companies from Japan and they consider the collaboration to be a big help to them. Although Maeda admits that Hyderabad may not be as popular as Bengaluru, known as the center of India's high-tech industry, they see the potential of Hyderabad because there are centers that were established by big companies in the area. “It is a Mecca of the IT industry,” the executive VP continues. Maeda also emphasized that they are considering India’s collaboration with other companies in Japan.

Aside from the information technology sector, various Japanese firms also have a presence in automotive and manufacturing sectors in India. Maeda confirms that they are also eyeing the potential of the pharmaceutical industry of Hyderabad.

JETRO India’s chief general director Kazuya Nakajo also said that Japan has been outsourcing some of its IT recruitments in China, the Philippines, and Vietnam. Nakajo said that Indians “have higher value” because of their ability as programmers.