Jayalalithaa woos Japanese firms
Tamil Nadu, which is all set to facilitate a Japanese industrial township, will soon sign more deals with Japanese industrial majors, said chief minister J Jayalalithaa. “About 20% of the Japanese industries in the country have operations in Tamil Nadu. A few more major Japanese industrial initiatives in the state are in the final stages of confirmation,” she said while inaugurating a new super critical technology-based turbine generator manufacturing facility of Toshiba-JSW near Manali on Sunday. On infrastructure problems, particularly connectivity issues to Ennore port, Jayalalithaa said, “My government is taking all possible measures to solve the port connectivity problems,” she said. Toshiba and Nissan are two companies that are affected by poor road connectivity in North Chennai region. She said Japan has become an important business partner of India, especially Tamil Nadu. Jayalalithaa said Toshiba’s initiatives will help to improve the industrial growth of Tamil Nadu and the state will extend all possible support and maintain a friendly environment. Toshiba is looking to capitalize on the 100,000MW capacity addition target to be set under the government’s 12th five-year plan. “The Japanese technology and the human resource of Tamil Nadu will make wonders in state’s industrial sector in the coming years. The waste water treatment technology and water desalination plants are already successful in the state,” she said, adding that the government has recently signed a deal with the Japanese Trade Organisation. “I hope Tamil Nadu will be able to offer the best market potential for Japanese companies.