Japan PM arrives Wednesday for talks with Modi, bullet train project

Andrew Cummings
September 13, 2017

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday departed on a three-day trip to India, where he is expected to discuss with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi how to bolster bilateral defense and maritime security cooperation amid China's growing assertiveness in regional waters.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (SHIN'-zoh AH'-bay) said Tuesday in Tokyo that he highly appreciates what he called "a remarkably tough sanctions resolution".

- The two Prime Ministers will also visit Sabarmati Ashram.

The Japanese leader's approval rating had dropped to 20 percent in July, and at least one former Japanese prime minister denounced him for the scandals, claiming Japan is "nearing ruin" because of Abe's control of the bureaucracy. This will be the fourth Annual Summit between Modi and Abe.

Japanese and USA officials are coordinating Trump's itinerary for a Japan visit, centering on the period from November 4 to 6, and including a meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the sources said.

The next halt will be at the Sidi Saiyad Mosque, a 16th century monument known for its stone lattice work.

Security has been beefed up in Ahmedabad ahead of Abe's visit. PM Modi will be accompanying the visiting leader and his spouse Akie Abe to explain the cultural significance of the mosque. Ahmedabad was recently conferred the World Heritage City tag by UNESCO. Following the presentation both the PM's will be having dinner hosted by the Agashiye restaurant located near the mosque. The Bullet Train was one of the important promises made by Prime Minister during the 2014 election campaign. "Japan's openness to supply India with military technology reflects the high level of confidence that the two countries have developed in each other", he said.

Abe's visit is seen as part of his efforts to consolidate the bilateral relationship between Japan and India, which was given a new thrust and heft under his leadership in 2012. "Out of this Rs 1,10,000 crore, Japan is giving a loan of Rs 88,000 crore and the interest on this loan is minimal, ie 0.1 percent", Goyal said.

Japan was the only major country which conveyed its unequivocal support to India and Bhutan through diplomatic channels during the Doklam standoff.

Following this ceremony later in the evening both the leaders will then hold the 12th India-Japan annual summit at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar. Apart from attending a business plenary, the two leaders will also take a tour of Dandi Kutir in Gandhinagar, which is India's largest museum showcasing the life and teachings of Mahatma Gandhi.

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