PM Modi in Ja­pan for talks with Abe

Prime Min­is­ter em­barks on a two-day sum­mit with his Ja­panese coun­ter­part to re­view and strengthen re­la­tions

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New Delhi: Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Sat­ur­day reached Tokyo to a warm wel­come to at­tend a two-day In­dia-Ja­pan an­nual sum­mit aimed at re­view­ing progress in ties and deep­en­ing strate­gic di­men­sions of the bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship.

“Ja­pan is one of the few coun­tries that In­dia has this mech­a­nism of an­nual sum­mits (with), re­flect­ing the ex­tra­or­di­nary depth of our en­gage­ment,” Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs Min­istry spokesper­son Raveesh Ku­mar tweeted.

In a state­ment dur­ing his de­par­ture, Modi de­scribed the re­la­tion­ship be­tween In­dia and Ja­pan as a “win­ning com­bi­na­tion” and said the is­land na­tion was New Delhi’s most trusted part­ner in its eco­nomic and tech­no­log­i­cal mod­erni­sa­tion. Soon af­ter land­ing, Modi met the In­dian com­mu­nity in Ja­pan.

“I thank Ja­pan’s In­dian com­mu­nity for their warm

wel­come. We are proud of the ac­com­plish­ments of the In­dian di­as­pora,” he said in a tweet.

Dur­ing the sum­mit, Modi will en­gage with his Ja­panese coun­ter­part Shinzo Abe on a range of is­sues, in­clud­ing de­fence and re­gional se­cu­rity. On Sun­day af­ter­noon, Modi and Abe will have an in­for­mal lunch.

The two lead­ers will then visit a com­pany, which is a lead­ing man­u­fac­turer of fac­tory au­to­ma­tion. In a spe­cial ges­ture, Modi will be hosted by Abe for a pri­vate din­ner at his hol­i­day home

in the pic­turesque Ya­manashi pre­fec­ture in evening. Both lead­ers will later travel to Tokyo by train.

Ya­manashi, at a dis­tance of around 110 km from Tokyo, is sur­rounded by sev­eral moun­tains, in­clud­ing Mount Fuji -- the coun­try’s tallest peak at around 3,776 me­tres.

In­dia is also hop­ing to have some kind of syn­ergy or in­te­gra­tion be­tween Modi’s Ayush­man Bharat scheme and the Ja­panese pro­gramme, which is called Asia Health and Well­be­ing Ini­tia­tive.

PM Naren­dra Modi with Ja­panese PM Shinzo Abe —File photo

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