Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday left for a three-day visit to Japan to participate in the annual bilateral summit in Tokyo. The two countries are expected to sign a civil nuclear deal. In the meeting, they would also discuss the way to enhance trade, security and investment.
As a Prime Minister this is Modi’s second visit to Japan. On November 11, he will be holding the summit with his counterpart Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and also will meet with the Japan Emperor Akihito.
Vikas Swarup, the spokesperson of External affairs Ministry tweeted, “An eastward sojourn begins, this time for the Annual Summit with Japan. PM @narendramodi departs for Tokyo.”
Before his departure, Modi said on Wednesday that the high-speed railway cooperation between India and Japan will increase the bilateral trade and investment. “The high-speed railway cooperation between India and Japan is a shining example of the strength of our cooperation.”
He added that this cooperation will not only boost the trade and investment ties but it will also create jobs in India and improve the infrastructure and “give a boost to our ‘Make in India’ mission.”
When PM Abe came to India last year, he then gave a commitment to a high-speed railway line between Mumbai and Ahmedabad.
Modi stated, “On November 12, Prime Minister Abe and I will travel to Kobe on the famed Shinkansen – the technology that will be deployed for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed railway.” He added that they will also go to the Kawasaki Heavy Industries facility in Kobe where the high-speed railway is manufactured.
He further said that in India, Japan is one of the top investors. “But many Japanese companies, which are household names in India, have been committed to the potential of Indian economy for several decades.”
In Tokyo, he will discuss with top business leaders of India and Japan to strengthen the trade and investment ties.
During Abe’s visit to India, the two countries have sealed a broad agreement on nuclear deal but the final deal was yet to be signed.
The two countries have been holding a talk on the nuclear deal for a number of years but the development on this was halted because of political resistance after the 2011 disaster in Japan’s Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant.