Abe has regularly called for talks with China’s President Xi Jinping – most recently in July – but has been rebuffed by Beijing.
Modi, who turned 64 on September 17, had received a call from Abe who wished him on his birthday.
Modi went to Gandhinagar in a normal vehicle without any security to meet his mother Heeraben.
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The removal of the ban will enable these companies to have cooperation with Japanese firms, including transfer of technology.
Modi welcomed the recent developments in Japan’s policy on transfer of defence equipment and technology.
The two leaders directed their officials to further accelerate negotiations with a view to concluding agreement at an early date.
Modi promised single-window clearances and speedy, non-discriminatory decision-making.
He started detailing the significance and was midway when an amused Modi pointed out that he knows about it.
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Kyoto will provide cooperation in the fields of conservation and modernisation of cities.
Both India and Japan have long-standing border disputes with China, which have a deep impact on their relations.
Modi presented to Abe a commemorative edition of ‘Swami Vivekananda and Japan’ and a copy of the Bhagawad Gita.
Modi can draw from history as he renews India’s engagement with Japan.
As a special gesture, Abe will receive Modi in Kyoto on his arrival.