PM Narendra Modi discusses bilateral, regional and global issues with Japanese leaders

PM Narendra Modi discusses bilateral, regional and global issues with Japanese leaders

PM Modi said he is confident that this visit will add new vigour to the strong friendship between India and Japan.

The two-day summit beginning Sunday will seek to review the progress in ties and deepen the strategic dimension of the bilateral relationship.

After arriving in Yamanashi earlier today, PM Modi was hosted by Abe for a private lunch at the latter's personal villa near Lake Kawaguchi in Yamanashi.

And although India is hardly a central player on the issue, Japan's Foreign Ministry released a statement that has become nearly de rigeur whenever Abe meets global leaders, stating that the two agreed to cooperate on North Korean denuclearization. The two will reportedly ride the bullet train back to Tokyo.

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

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Later on Sunday, Abe and Modi visited a plant in the prefecture of major industrial robot maker Fanuc Corp.

He appreciated the Japanese support extended to the flagship initiatives in India.

Prime Minister Modi has said that projects such as the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail and Dedicated Freight Corridors reflected the high level and "strength of our economic engagement". "Japanese investors have faith in India's economic future, which is marked with myriad opportunities", Modi said.

Abe and Modi will hold a more formal summit Monday in Tokyo.

President Donald Trump's policies that have targeted mostly China with tariffs, but also Japan and other nations, accusing them of unfair trade practices, are working to prod India and Japan to promote their economic ties.

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The PM will then meet the heads of Japanese venture capital companies and captains of Japanese industry before attending a meeting with the representatives of the India-Japan Business Leaders Forum.

He urged the Indian community to strive to continuously improve the relations between India and Japan.

Defence purchases from Japan will also be on the agenda.

"We have been fortunate to be the hosts of the Men's Hockey World Cup-2018 in Bhubaneswar".

Describing Japan as the confluence of the best aspects of eastern and western civilisations, PM Modi said that the country has taught that the path to the development of mankind is not a conflict between the ancient and the new, but its co-existence and creation.

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The prime minister leaves for India later today. "On behalf of the entire Japanese government, I have the pleasure of extending him the warmest hospitality", the Japanese leader's message read.

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