PM Narendra Modi, Shinzo Abe ride on Japan’s famed Shinkansen bullet train

“On the way to Kobe with PM @AbeShinzo. We are on board the Shinkansen bullet train,” Prime Minister Modi said.

By: PTI | Tokyo | Updated: November 12, 2016 12:58 pm
"On the way to Kobe with PM @AbeShinzo. We are on board the Shinkansen bullet train," the Prime Minister tweeted. (Twitter) “On the way to Kobe with PM @AbeShinzo. We are on board the Shinkansen bullet train,” the Prime Minister tweeted. (Twitter/@narendramodi)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe today travelled in Japan’s famed high-speed Shinkansen bullet train, which is being introduced in India on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad stretch.

Modi and Abe travelled in the train, whose speed ranges from 240 kms per hour to 320 kms per hour, from Tokyo to Kobe, a city on Osaka Bay in Japan.

In Photos| Prime Minister Modi in Japan

“On the way to Kobe with PM @AbeShinzo. We are on board the Shinkansen bullet train,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted along with pictures of him in deep conversation with Abe.

“A unique friendship on a unique train journey. PM @narendramodi and PM @AbeShinzo inside the Shinkansen bullet train to Kobe,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi and the Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Shinzo Abe boarding the Shinkansen bullet train to Kobe from at Tokyo Station, in Japan on November 12, 2016. The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi and the Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Shinzo Abe boarding the Shinkansen bullet train to Kobe from at Tokyo Station, in Japan on November 12, 2016.

The construction of the high-speed train corridor between Mumbai and Ahmedabad will start in 2018 and the train service will be operational from 2023.

Abe, at a joint press conference with Prime Minister Modi here yesterday, had said that the designing of the project will begin by the end of this year.

He said the ambitious project “symbolises a new dimension in the special relations” between the two countries and hoped that introduction of the rapid train network will spur further economic growth in India.

narendra modi, modi in japan, modi japan visit, modi shinzo abe, india japan relations, modi abe talks, modi visit to japan, shinkansen, japan bullet train The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi and the Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Shinzo Abe at Tokyo Station to board the Shinkansen bullet train to Kobe, in Japan on November 12, 2016.

The high speed rail system ‘Shinkansen’ was introduced in Japan in 1964.

Earlier when Modi arrived at the Tokyo Station to board the train Swarup said, “Putting #IndiaJapan relations on the fast track! PM @narendramodi and PM @AbeShinzo arrive at Tokyo Station to board the Shinkansen.”