N-deal, bullet train, defence: India, Japan fast-track ties

Abe, who met President Pranab Mukherjee, visited Varanasi with Modi and watched the aarti at the Dasashwamedh Ghat.

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Updated: December 13, 2015 2:46 am
 Nuclear deal, N deal, bullet train, india japan ties, modi abe, abe meets modi, modi met abe, abe in varanasi, visa on arrival, India-US Malabar exercises The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi and the Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Shinzo Abe being given traditional welcome, on their arrival at Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.

Opening the doors for nuclear commerce with the world, especially with American and French companies, India and Japan signed on Saturday a pact on civilian nuclear cooperation after five years of negotiations.

With Japan holding significant stakes in US companies like GE and Westinghouse, and the French firm Areva, the deal is crucial for setting up nuclear power plants using Japanese reactors.

In Pictures | Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and PM Modi visit India’s temple town, Varanasi

After signing the Memorandum of Understanding on peaceful use of nuclear energy with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Hyderabad House, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Today, we have scaled new summits in our shared journey. The memorandum we signed on civil nuclear energy cooperation is more than just an agreement for commerce and clean energy.”

“It is a shining symbol of a new level of mutual confidence and strategic partnership in the cause of a peaceful and secure world. I know the significance of this decision for Japan. And I assure you that India deeply respects that decision and will honour our shared commitments,” he said.

Later, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said they have “concluded the negotiations”, and now “technical” and “legal” vetting needs to be done by both sides.

The joint statement said the two prime ministers welcomed the agreement reached between the two governments on cooperation in peaceful uses of nuclear energy, and confirmed that this agreement will be signed after the technical details are finalised, including those related to necessary internal procedures.

The two sides also signed an MoU on the introduction of Japan’s high speed train — the Shinkansen on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad route.

Modi said, “No less historic is our decision to introduce high speed rail on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad sector through Japan’s Shinkansen, known for its speed, reliability and safety.”

Appreciating the “extraordinary package of approximately 12 billion US dollars and technical assistance, on very easy terms” for this project, he said: “This enterprise will launch a revolution in Indian railways and speed up India’s journey into the future. It will become an engine of economic transformation in India.”

The joint statement said the two prime ministers welcomed the signing of the memorandum of cooperation on introduction of Japan’s High Speed Railways (HSR) technologies (the Shinkansen system) to the Mumbai-Ahmedabad route.

In a major boost to defence cooperation, India and Japan also signed two pacts, including an agreement concerning transfer of defence equipment and technology cooperation. This agreement provides a framework to “enhance defence and security cooperation by making available to each other, defence equipment and technology necessary to implement joint research, development and/or production projects or projects”.

Asked whether there was any progress on the procurement of US-2 amphibious aircraft, Jaishankar said that no decision has been taken on that.

The other agreement on defence issues pertained to security measures for the protection of classified military information. They also decided that Japan will now be part of the India-US Malabar exercises on a regular basis, a shift from the earlier practice when it was not a regular feature. The two sides decided to begin Air Force-to-Air Force staff talks.

Modi also announced that India will extend “visa on arrival” to Japanese citizens including for business purpose from March 1, 2016. “This is different from the electronic visa facility that is being extended globally,” he said.

Besides these four agreements, 12 more agreements were signed between the two sides on a broad range of issues — railways, tax matters, health and energy among others.

Abe, who met President Pranab Mukherjee, visited Varanasi with Modi and watched the aarti at the Dasashwamedh Ghat.

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First Published on: December 13, 2015 12:06 am
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    Jcnf
    Dec 12, 2015 at 10:41 pm
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      KRAPISTAN_Hindia
      Dec 13, 2015 at 2:40 am
      Bullet trains were a means of demonstrating a country and its peoples' capability of technology. Shameless Modi has made that a COMMODITY. THERE IS ANOTHER STORY ABOUT SURROGACY IN IE.
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        Proud_To_Be_A_Shameless_Indian
        Dec 12, 2015 at 3:40 pm
        It wouldn't be a surprise even if India imports JUST BULLETS. Because that is India's sophisticated know how.
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          Amit
          Dec 13, 2015 at 3:57 am
          Bullet trains welcome ! But, think about priorities and equality. It requires about INR 100,000 Crore investment just for a Mumbai-Ahmedabad train. While the rest of India does not have access to even clean toilets in trains and Railway stations. The situation is pathetic....
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            laxmi
            Dec 13, 2015 at 4:50 am
            Today our PM Narendra Modiji really made India proud.The ganga ghat was looking so beautiful that all world would put their fingers in their mouth.He is a sachha desh bhaktta. I am sure that he would bring Indias glory back .I am proud of Mr. Modi and proud to be an Indian.May God give all the power to him to do this noble work.
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              Avinash
              Dec 13, 2015 at 3:52 pm
              Mr. Abe should take a rickshaw or auto - and take a round trip of Varanasi to understand the realities...
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                Bodan
                Dec 13, 2015 at 3:35 am
                PM Modi is creating history one after other. Now Rahulbaba will start throwing stones at people for electing Modi.
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                  truthsayer
                  Dec 12, 2015 at 8:11 pm
                  After Modi's US visit US congress and many other state capital started to recognise Diawli festival in capital buildings.... What a impresive work by PM Narendra Modi... Jio Hajaro sal..sal ke din ho das hajar.dian needs you PM Modi.
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                    truthsayer
                    Dec 12, 2015 at 6:09 pm
                    Now congress owned Indian media will look for minor mistake and express it with Big headlines like a BIG TROUBLE... God give Modi government trick and skills to controll information flow...
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                      truthsayer
                      Dec 12, 2015 at 6:11 pm
                      When India progress Congress / JDU/ RJD/ AAP/ TMC will have sleep less nights...Reason...They can't make people fool....
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                        Vijay
                        Dec 13, 2015 at 6:07 am
                        Thank you so much N A R E N D R A M O D I sir another mile stone to make bhaarat maataa capable to take Her rightful place among the comity of nations.
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                          DURAI
                          Dec 13, 2015 at 3:40 am
                          Nonsense !!!
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                            DURAI
                            Dec 13, 2015 at 3:42 am
                            Well said! It is just JEALOUSY pure and simple!!!
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                              DURAI
                              Dec 13, 2015 at 5:22 am
                              When India is surging ahead in almost every field and has also earned the distinction of having reached Mars in its first attempt while stan is as good as a failed state why wouldn't the stanis be jealous of India?
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                                Jagdish Saigal
                                Dec 12, 2015 at 7:20 pm
                                I wish Modi had become PM 10-15yrs ago. Anyway if he remains for another 10 yrs he will transform India into a developed country acute poverty will disappear.
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                                  Man with
                                  Dec 13, 2015 at 4:37 am
                                  India need forge the tie with other countries also such as Israel for Agriculture and Defence for Research,Development and Production which has been in cold storage for strangely for certain section of Vote Bank politics.
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                                    nabeta
                                    Dec 13, 2015 at 4:54 pm
                                    or he can just call you for your high opinion, may be?
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                                      Nikhil Deep
                                      Dec 14, 2015 at 7:24 am
                                      By going through your logic, India should stop the functioning of all airports and aircrafts provide that to for agriculture or something like that. But my dear friend each and everything is required. See what a change a single metro project in Delhi has created, an Indian MARS mission has done for the makeover of Indian Image.
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                                        shahid
                                        Dec 12, 2015 at 4:28 pm
                                        That is what is called Modinomics. Precise, fast and Big. God Give him strength to transform India.
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                                          raamsaran
                                          Dec 12, 2015 at 11:21 pm
                                          In 50 years of congress rule, India's beggars ate in golden plate with silver spoon filled with kashmiri basmati rice biriyani and they got new five star quality homes and New cars. Sonia ji ensured that all poverty is gone in her rule and the world believed the congress made India rich. Yes 2g, coalgate! All this work of Isi? CIA? Mossad? And finally Raw? We'll they believe India still has significant fools.
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                                            Honest citizen
                                            Dec 13, 2015 at 6:48 am
                                            I agree with all the agreements except of that of Bullet train Project. 94K of borrowed money could be ulilised and betterment of Agricultural sector and save the farmers from starvation and greedy money lenders. The migrant labourers could go back to their own village and live happily.
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