PM Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe will hold talks on deepening India-Japan ties.
Yamanashi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi was welcomed by his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in the city of Yamanashi today. PM Modi, who landed in Tokyo yesterday, has a packed schedule during his two-day visit to attend the 13th India-Japan summit. This is PM Modi's third visit to the island nation for the summit and will be his 12th meeting with Mr Abe since 2014. India is the only country with which Japan holds annual bilateral summits while India has a similar arrangement with Russia too. PM Modi described India and Japan as a "winning combination" and said Japan was New Delhi's most trusted partner in its economic and technological modernisation. Here is your 10-point cheatsheet to PM Narendra Modi's visit to Japan:
- Mr Abe will host PM Modi at his holiday home in Yamanashi for a private dinner today following which both the leaders will travel to Tokyo by train. They would be holding talks through the day on deepening India-Japan ties.
- Yamanashi, around 110 km from Tokyo, is surrounded by several mountains including Mount Fuji, Japan's tallest peak at around 3,776 metres. "This is very special gesture PM Abe is making. We believe this is the first time a foreign leader is visiting PM Abe's holiday home," Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale had said last week.
- The two leaders leaders will also visit a factory of industrial robot manufacturer Fanuc Corp.
- Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region and in the defence and security sector, and leveraging Japanese capabilities for India's development initiatives will be the highlights of the agenda in the summit which will be held tomorrow.
- New Delhi is also hoping to have some kind of synergy or integration between India's Ayushman Bharat healthcare scheme and Japan's Asia Health and Wellbeing Initiative.
- PM Modi was greeted by the Indian community yesterday at his hotel in Tokyo.
- Prime Minister in his statement said projects such as Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail and Dedicated Freight Corridors reflected the high level and "strength of our economic engagement". "Japan is also at the forefront of engaging in our national initiatives, such as 'Make in India', 'Skill India', 'Digital India', 'Start Up India'… Japanese investors have faith in India's economic future, which is marked with myriad opportunities," PM Modi said.
- PM Modi will also address the Indian community in Tokyo and will attend a series of business events and address the business forum.
- Japanese emperor Akihito will not be in Tokyo during PM Modi's visit and that is why there would be no meeting between the two.
- After talks between the two sides, Shinzo Abe will host a state banquet for PM Modi tomorrow. PM Modi will leave for India after the banquet.
(With inputs from PTI)