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Patna : Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on February 20, 2018, requested Japan to invest in the state and help in making it more vibrant and self-generating. Nitish is currently on a tour of Japan. Addressing an investment promotion seminar at the Indian Embassy in Tokyo, Nitish said that Bihar and Japan share an ethos which emanates from values of peace, harmony and a deep rooted affection for tradition and culture.

“With Buddhism providing an enduring spiritual glue, we make a perfect pair. I call upon you all to take this association to a higher level of cooperation and friendship,” said Nitish, according to an official release here.

The Bihar CM said, “I request Japanese corporations to consider establishing production facility in Bihar for domestic and foreign markets. The strategic support from Japanese organizations could propel Bihar towards a more transformative paradigm of knowledge and technology driven economy.”

Nitish also said that Bihar has seen a significant turnaround in the last 12 years. During this period, Bihar’s growth rate at constant price has been around 10%, which is one of the highest among Indian states, he said. He also maintained that Bihar is amongst the largest producers of horticulture crops in India and is a major producer of foodgrains.

The CM also inaugurated an exhibition of the famed Mithila Painting of Bihar at the Vivekanand Mithila Cultural Centre inside the embassy. He also attended a meeting of Japan India Parliamentary Friendship League.

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