Japan PM Shinzo Abe arrives in India, bullet train, civil nuclear deal top agendas

The focus of the visit will be on forging greater synergies between two major Asian economies and take forward the special strategic ties.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: December 11, 2015 5:09 pm
New Delhi: Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe upon his arrival at AFS Palam in New Delhi on Friday. PTI Photo by Subhav Shukla (PTI12_11_2015_000160B) Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe upon his arrival at AFS Palam in New Delhi on Friday. (Source: PTI)

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday arrived in India on a three-day visit. Welcoming his Japanese counterpart in Delhi, Prime Minister Modi on Friday described him as a “phenomenal leader” and said his trip will further deepen the bilateral relations.

“Liked how PM @AbeShinzo describes India-Japan ties, the rich potential & cultural bond in his piece” in a newspaper, Modi tweeted.

A Rs 98,000-crore deal to build a bullet train network is among a number of agreements likely to be signed during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s three-day visit beginning on Friday during which he will hold annual summit talks with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.

The focus of the visit will be on forging greater synergies between two major Asian economies and take forward the special strategic ties. In the 9th annual Indo-Japan summit talks on Saturday, Modi and Abe will review implementation of various decisions taken in course of last one year to enhance economic ties, particularly in the trade and investment sector.

PM Modi said Abe’s visit will deepen Indo-Japan relations.

Sources said a number of agreements including awarding the Rs 98,000 crore contract to build India’s first bullet train network will be inked. After the talks, he will leave for Varanasi, which is Modi’s Parliamentary constituency, where he will attend Ganga Aarti at famous Dasaswamedh Ghat. Modi will accompany Abe during his nearly four-and-a-half-hour-long visit to Varanasi.

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Abe will return to the capital in the evening. The Japanese Prime Minister had accompanied Modi during his visit to Kyoto last year. In Delhi, Abe will call on President Pranab Mukherjee, attend a Japan-India innovation seminar and interact with a group of business leaders.

At the last Summit meeting held in Tokyo last year, the two prime ministers had agreed to elevate the relationship to “Special Strategic and Global Partnership”.

Modi had visited Japan from August 30 to September 3 last year during which that country had announced doubling of its private and public investment in India to about USD 34 billion over a period of five years.

During the summit talks last year, Modi and Abe had agreed to enhance defence and strategic cooperation to a new level and also decided to speed up negotiations on civil nuclear deal.

While agreeing on greater defence equipment and technology cooperation, the two sides had decided to expedite discussions on modalities for the sale of Japanese US-2 amphibian aircraft.

Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar had held talks with top Japanese officials in Tokyo last month to finalise agenda and other details of Abe’s visit. India and Japan have been expanding their economic and strategic engagement in recent years resulting in cooperation in a vast swathe of fields including defence and security.

The economic engagement witnessed significant rise after both countries signed a a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) in 2011.

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    MyTake
    Mar 28, 2016 at 8:11 pm
    ...I n d i a has a lot to learn from J a p a n on h o w to i n t e g r a t e v a l u e s and h e r i t a g e with m o d e r n i t y...
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      3
      Dec 11, 2015 at 3:33 pm
      If only Modi had the personality to match.
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        A
        Dec 11, 2015 at 7:10 am
        while what BJP was asking when they disrupted the parliament of resignation of A raja and many more corrupt minister. BJP disrupted the proceeding against the corruption of minister. COngress is disrupting because they are again into corruption charges and which is prime-fascia case as per the court and not civil intent but criminal intent. so please have some shame while supporting congress, Uneducated people when they say can be understood but not from educated people its a shame for those!!!!
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          Abbas Rumani
          Dec 11, 2015 at 1:09 pm
          Mr. Nitesh. with Pethuru comment you should have also read Rajesh comment. than you would not have asked the question. If this was first proposed in Atuji government why was BJP was opposing it for 10yrs. An issue can be discussed in this forum in civilized way instead of using abusive words
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            Anshuman Verma
            Dec 11, 2015 at 1:28 pm
            Welcome to India and Varanasi ... The city of combine culture Buddhism & Hinduism . Shame on Indian Express ..... The Bullet train agreement news came every where before in Indian express, even in stani Media.
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              Rajesh
              Dec 11, 2015 at 7:08 am
              The GST Bill was first proposed under Vajpayee. More importantly, you morons need to understand that just because 2 bills have the same name does not mean they contain the same provisions. Please take you own advice "understand the fact fully and pour out your venom in public forums."
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                Indian
                Dec 11, 2015 at 8:09 am
                Hey Fool Pithuru. You need to console urself first look at the Herald scam done by Sonia, Rahul and other congress members. Sonia and Rahul just want to mint public money by whatever means. You need to first understand the details and then comment. Congress MPs are stalling parliament function and halting development reforms. Two wrongs donot make one right
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                  Indian
                  Dec 11, 2015 at 9:00 am
                  Welcome to India. Great that you will attend Ganga Aarti, Long live Hiduism.
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                    Das
                    Dec 11, 2015 at 1:29 pm
                    Abbas Ramani: All Bills go through various stages that takes time, But complex bill likes GST requires even more time for drafting and various readings, approvals etc. In case of GST there were unique additional requirements, such as bringing the majority of the state are on board. Jaitley, not my personal favourite FM, managed to do just that whereas Congress did not even try. GST will create jobs that many of India most deprived need. Congress atude is selfish, callous and extremely detrimental and borders on criminality.
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                      Das
                      Dec 11, 2015 at 1:21 pm
                      The corrupt, arrogant and callous mother and son's uttering and behavior reveal incredible contempt for the rights, feelings and welfare of the Indian mes they pretend to care. They want these people to stay dirt poor so they can be divided and keep voting on caste-, regional- and linguistic basis for Congi and their allies. But their arrogance will lead to their disgrace, as the saying goes “vinaash kaale vipreet buddhi”.
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                        Jagdish Saigal
                        Dec 11, 2015 at 6:17 am
                        If other opposition parties choose to support Congress Party's senseless actions preventing parliament to function, Government should still remain firm on its development its development agenda and eradication of corruption. Legislative reform may be dela, yet a lot can be done accelerate growth. Accelerate implementation of labour intensive projects and programmes focused on improving social (heath & education in particular) & economic infrastructure in both rural and urban areas. Action is also required to increase administrative efficiency and make it more people and business friendly. More visible and credible action is required to reduce corruption. No political leaders should be spared. No compromise in this area. So there is a lot govt. can focused on even if the parliament is stalled.
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                          narayan
                          Dec 11, 2015 at 10:08 am
                          corrupt congress is against India's hi tech development.
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                            Nitesh
                            Dec 11, 2015 at 6:55 am
                            Dear Pethruru, Why is congress obstructing the parliament if they themselves had introduced it. How stupid it its to introduce it and then oppose it? Congress has looted India for ages how can you turn a blind eye to that and support Congress.
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                              Pethuru Raj
                              Dec 11, 2015 at 6:42 am
                              The much-taunted GST bill was initiated and introduced in Parliament by the erstwhile Congress government headed by MMS. The blood-sucking BJP party MPs had been obstructing its smooth page with the evil intention of not giving any credit to the Congress party. Today BJP reaps what it sowed some years back. Understand the fact fully and pour out your venom in public forums.
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                                pavan
                                Dec 11, 2015 at 8:07 am
                                Mr.Raj, The bill introduced by UPA is not accepted by states including cong ruled states. THe present bill kept alcohol, petroleum products out of the bill to get states on board. Now all the states including cong ruled states have accepted the present bill. Compare both the bills and decide for yourself. Infact, you should study and know facts fully before posting in public forums.
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                                  Sajeev Kumar
                                  Dec 11, 2015 at 9:48 am
                                  In future in Bullet train runs through Bihar and UP what will happen?
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                                    Anjali
                                    Dec 11, 2015 at 3:36 pm
                                    IndiA welcomes Shinzo Abe. hi! (kon'nichiwa)
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                                      APUPADHYAY
                                      Dec 11, 2015 at 8:43 am
                                      Can we ever forget Hiroshima & Nahasaki events. India is yet zero in exploiting tidal energy which meeds joint research.
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                                        Paulraj
                                        Dec 11, 2015 at 1:18 pm
                                        India should have opted for Shinkansen Maglev... I hope it is this variant (magnetic train), it will last for the next 30-80 years.
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                                          Paulraj
                                          Dec 11, 2015 at 1:17 pm
                                          More development will happen, isn't a stronger India one that consists of all states in equal economic progress? What's the problem if UP or Bihar or Haryana or Rajasthan all have development? It is not like Tamil Nadu or Karnataka are economic super powers, right? India can only develop if all states progress equally, if not, the future is not bright.
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                                            ummed lal
                                            Dec 12, 2015 at 4:14 am
                                            Respected Sinzo sir,You are most welcome in India.
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