Traditionally, India and Japan have had strong relations with one another. There have been cultural exchanges for centuries chiefly owing to Buddhism, which spread from India to Japan through China and Korea. The people of both countries are steered by certain common cultural customs such as the Buddhism heritage. They are committed to the ideals of tolerance, democracy, open society and pluralism.
While India is the largest democracy in the world, Japan is the oldest democracy in Asia. Both have a high consonance of economic, political and strategic interests, and both nations see each other as partners which are capable of countering regional and global challenges.