Making it clear that India considers relations with Tokyo of "great importance", Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said Japan is a privileged partner in the 'Make In India' initiative including the defence technology sector.

Parrikar, who is on a four-day visit to Japan, on Tuesday held talks with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida.

During the talks, Kishida emphasised on the commonality of strategic interests between the two countries and conveyed Japan's desire to enhance bilateral defence and security cooperation including in the field of maritime security.

He added Japan would like to further enhance economic cooperation with India and work jointly to enhance regional connectivity.

Parrikar welcomed Japan's initiative to strengthen bilateral ties. India and Japan are looking at deepening bilateral defence cooperation amid Tokyo's ongoing tussle with Beijing.

Japan has been witnessing conflict with China over control of private islands in South China sea.

A territorial dispute even exists between China and Japan over the Senkaku Islands, which Beijing refers to as the Diaoyu Islands.

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