Dr. Rupakjyoti Borah is a senior research fellow with the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies. His books include Act-East Via the Northeast: How Indias Northeast is Strengthening the Kizuna (Bond) Between India, Japan and ASEAN? (2019) and The Elephant and The Samurai: Why Japan Can Trust India and Act-East via the Northeast (2019). The views expressed here are personal. Twitter @rupakj.