Abe wants to go ahead with a planned rise in the nation’s sales tax to 10 percent from 8 percent and use some of the revenue to create a “social security system for all generations”.
His popularity rebounded somewhat after a cabinet reshuffle in early August and has since been helped by worries over a volatile North Korea, which on Friday fired a ballistic missile over Japan, its second such move in less than a month.
The bullet train project may have been the centerpiece of the Japan prime minister’s visit to Gujarat last week, but the Pakistan angle in the North Korean missile crisis could push Delhi and Tokyo much closer together
Without mentioning Arunachal Pradesh, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that negotiations were still on to settle the “eastern section” of the China-India border.
The state government — which had initially opposed the railway ministry’s plan to construct the station for the bullet train in Mumbai at BKC — Tuesday approved allotment of 0.9 hectare in the G-text block at BKC for the station.
“We can never tolerate that North Korea trampled on the international community’s strong, united resolve toward peace that has been shown in UN resolutions and went ahead again with this outrageous act,” Abe told reporters.
The India-Japan joint statement, for the first time, named Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM). This is a big leap, in an effort to build a narrative against Pakistan for sheltering these terrorist outfits.
PM Narendra Modi reciprocated the sentiment in his speech: “My personal engagement with… Japan is now decade-old. When I first visited Japan as Chief Minister of Gujarat, I said that I want to see a mini Japan in Gujarat. “
PM Abe arrived this week in his counterpart Modi’s home state, skipping the tradition of visiting the capital of New Delhi, for the tenth meeting between two leaders since Modi came to power in 2014.
Full text: Strongly pitching for zero tolerance against terrorism, India and Japan vowed to strengthen cooperation in order to tackle terrorist groups such as the al-Qaida, Lashkar-e-Toiba and the Jaish-e-Mohammed.
While European countries like Germany and Italy had been researching and experimenting on high speed rail network since as early as the beginning of the twentieth century, it was Japan which made the breakthrough in this race for the fastest rail technology.
“My personal engagement with Japan decade old. Wanted to see mini Japan here. That dream has come true,” PM Modi said.
Shinzo Abe said, “We have just signed a joint statement which will serve as a milestone to open a new era for Japan-India relationship… based on that we will strongly promote Japan-India special strategic and global partnership to drive peace and prosperity for Indo-Pacific region and the whole world.”
Shinzo Abe in Gujarat: India and Japan have agreed to boost cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region as well with an eye on China, which has been displaying assertiveness in recent times.
“The range of special strategic and global partnership is not just limited to bilateral and regional sphere. We have close cooperation on global issues as well,” PM Modi said.