The Asian Age



PRIME MIN­IS­TER Naren­dra Modi’s trip to Ja­pan is a vi­tal mile­stone in re­new­ing tie- ups with for­eign coun­tries. The great news is that In­dia and Ja­pan have signed an agree­ment to de­velop Varanasi into a “smart city”, and Ja­pan will be in­vest­ing $ 35 bil­lion in In­dia over the next five years. Ja­pan has also showed a in­ter­est in Mr Modi’s pet project of bul­let trains. It is, there­fore, fit­ting that Mr Modi an­nounced that In­dia will give Ja­pan the sta­tus of a spe­cial strate­gic and global part­ner. This will help In­dia tap the im­mense tech­nol­ogy know- how that Ja­pan has long wielded.

P. Senthil Saravana Durai

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