Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday addressed the Indian diaspora in Japan lauding the relations between the two countries. “When it comes to India’s relations with the world, Japan holds an important position. These relations are not from today but dates back to centuries. It has harmony and respect for each other’s culture in its foundation,” Modi said.
Earlier today, Modi arrived in Japan, a day before the G-20 summit begins in Osaka. Ahead of his sixth G-20 summit, Modi met Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of G20 summit. During the meeting, Abe congratulated Modi for winning the Lok Sabha elections and discussed to strengthen bilateral ties between the two countries.
Modi is also scheduled to hold plurilateral meetings with other world leaders today and address the Indian community in Osaka. Read | Ahead of G-20 meet with Modi, Trump says India must withdraw ‘unacceptable’ tariffs
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Top quotes of PM Modi addressing Indian diaspora in Japan
- "For the first time since 1971, the country has given a pro-incumbency mandate to a government. This victory was the victory of truth and democracy."
- "In the next five years, our target is to make India a five-trillion dollar economy. Social sector remains our top priority. Also we will focus more on infrastructure development, especially digital infrastructure."
- "There was a time when we were collaborating in building cars and today we are collaborating in building a bullet train."
- "When it comes to India's relationship with the world, Japan has an important place in it. This relationship is dated back to centuries. There is a sense of belonging, goodwill and respect for each other's culture and civilization."
- "This relationship will become stronger in New India."
Highlights: Talks between Japan's Abe and Modi
Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi and Japan's PM Shinzo Abe discussed wide range issues. These are the underlined topics they discussed:
- Detailed discussions on bilateral ties.
- Fugitive economic offenders was also discussed where Abe said that G20 should deal with this problem as part of its anti-corruption measures, G20 Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale quoted Abe.
- Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed railway as well as the convention centre in Varanasi also took place.
- Expectation from the G20 summit and focussed on the importance of global economy.
- Appropriate measures to check the global trade issues and data flows and underlined that the G20 should also come up with a constructive message on the issue of climate change.
- Mumbai–Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Corridor and on a convention centre being built in Varanasi, Prime Minister Modi's constituency.
- Joint project of setting up a cancer hospital in Kenya.
- Disaster management, rehabilitation and reconstruction.
India-Japan relationship dates back to centuries: PM Modi
"When it comes to India's relationship with the world, Japan has an important place in it. This relationship is dated back to centuries. There is a sense of belonging, goodwill and respect for each other's culture and civilization," Modi said while addressing an enthusiastic Indian community at Kobe, news agency PTI reported.
Modi witnesses exchange of Letter of Intent on Ahmedabad
Modi witnessed the exchange of Letter of Intent on Ahmedabad - Kobe Sister City Partnership at Kobe.
(Source: Twitter/ Raveesh Kumar)
We managed Cyclone Fani with minimum damage, world praised: Modi addresses Indian diaspora in Japan
Modi informed the Indian diaspora that by 2022 India is planning to launch its maiden human spaceflight program-Gaganyaan and in a few months Chandrayaan-2 will be launched. "We'll launch Chandrayaan-2 in few months&by 2022 we're planning to launch India's maiden human spaceflight program-Gaganyaan," said Modi.
He also spoke about how India tackled Cyclone Fani in Odisha, "We managedwith minimum damage & world praised that govt machinery, human resource & space technology can be used to perform well."
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After WWII, India-Japan relations grew strong: Modi addresses Indian diaspora in Japan
Speaking further over the relations between India and Japan, Modi said after being elected as the prime minister in 2014, he received an opportunity to strengthen India-Japan friendship. "We took our diplomatic relations beyond the purview of capitals & ambassadors & took them directly among public," he said.
"Swami Vivekananda, Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, Mahatma Gandhi, Neta ji Subhash Chandra Bose, Justice Radhabinod Pal, many Indians strengthened India's relationship with Japan. And that's why after World War-2, India and Japan's relationship grew all the more strong," Modi said.
India-Japan ties date back to centuries, there's harmony, respect: Modi addresses Indian diaspora in Japan
Lauding the voters for electing the goverment, Modi said, "I'm fortunate to be here once again after 7 months. It's a coincidence that last time I was here, election results were out here&you had shown trust in my dear friend Shinzo Abe. Today when I'm here,largest democracy has shown even greater trust in this Pradhan Sevak. 130 Crore Indians formed an even stronger govt. This is big. After three decades, for the first time, a govt with clear majority formed govt for the second time in a row.
On India-Japan ties, Modi said Japan holds an important position, "When it comes to India's relations with the world, Japan holds an important position. These relations are not from today but dates back to centuries. It has harmony and respect for each other's culture in its foundation."
PM Modi addresses Indian community in Japan
PM Modi addresses the Indian community in Japan and hailed the voters who elected him and his government again. "This election and its effect is not limted to India but this will have an effect on the world," he said. "When the world will talk to India, they will know that the people who have elected this government, they trust us that this government will take the people forward."
Modi, Abe discuss global economy, fugitive economic offenders, disaster management
A wide range of issues including global economy, fugitive economic offenders and disaster management were discussed by PM Modi and Japan's Shinzo Abe. It was also announced that President Ram Nath Kovind will particiapte in the coronation ceremony of Emperor Naruhito in October. Modi thanked Abe for his warm welcome to him and the Indian delegation visiting Japan for the G20 Summit. He also appreciated Japan's leadership as the G20 chairman. Modi congratulated Abe and Japan citizens for the start of the Reiwa era. he term for the new era is made up of the two characters Rei and Wa. Rei means "commands" or "order", as well as "auspicious" or "good". Wa means "harmony", and is also used in the Japanese word for "peace".
PM Modi to address Community programme shortly
The Hyogo House in Kobe is all set to host a Community Programme for PM Narendra Modi. PM Modi will address the programme shortly. Several members of the Indian diaspora in Japan are attending the programme. (Source: Twitter/PIB)
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Pictures from G20 summit
A group of people take photos with the G20 Summit sign Wednesday, June 26, 2019, in Osaka, western Japan. The two-day summit starts Friday. (AP Photo)
G20 members at odds over climate change for summit meeting
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Xi arrives for G20 summit, to meet Modi, Trump
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday arrived in Osaka, Japan to attend the G20 summit during which he would hold bilateral talks with world leaders, including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump, amid heightened trade tensions with America, an issue that is likely to dominate the event. Xi is due to meet Prime Minister Modi during the Informal Summit of the leaders of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and RIC (Russia, India, China) on the sidelines of the June 28-29 event. The Chinese President is accompanied by a high-level delegation, including Vice Premier Liu He, who is also China's chief negotiator in trade talks with the US, State Councillor Yang Jiechi and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
G20 should deal with issue of anti-corruption measures: Shinzo Abe
Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said the India- Japan meeting ahead of the G20 summit was productive and that both the prime ministers had detailed discussions on bilateral ties. He added: "PM Abe referred specifically to PM Modi's initiative in earlier G20 meetings on the issue of fugitive economic offenders and he said that G20 should deal with this problem as part of its anti-corruption measures." There was also a brief discussion on Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed railway as well as the convention centre in Varanasi. Both leaders held review of progress in this regard. Both PMs would meet again tomorrow for a trilateral meeting between Japan, India & US, there was a brief discussion on the Indo-Pacific initiative that all three countries are separately pursuing and discussing together. he added.
PM Modi appreciates Japan's leadership as G20 chairman
The Prime Minister congratulated Abe and Japan's citizens for the start of the Reiwa era. The term for the new era is made up of the two characters Rei and Wa. Rei can mean "commands" or "order", as well as "auspicious" or "good".Wa often means "harmony", and is also used in the Japanese word for "peace" - "hei-wa".
A friendship characterised by warmth and the promise of a bright future.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 27, 2019
Prime Ministers @narendramodi and @AbeShinzo hold talks in Osaka, the first such meeting between these leaders since the start of Japan’s Reiwa era.
Many aspects of India-Japan relations were discussed. pic.twitter.com/59CiuBHZWA
India, Japan discusses topics of mutual interest
The Indian and Japanese prime ministers discussed broad range of topics of mutual interest. Modi said that he was looking forward to the visit of Abe to India later this year for the Annual Summit.
Expanding the strategic template of our relationship— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) June 27, 2019
PM @narendramodi met Japanese PM @AbeShinzo ahead of the #G20Summit. Discussed broad range of topics of mutual interest. PM said that he was looking forward to visit of PM Abe to India later this year for the Annual Summit. pic.twitter.com/q07u4i68yu
PM Modi Congratulats Japan for entering into new era of Reiwa
Prime Minister Abe extended warm welcome to Prime Minister Modi of India.
Prime Minister Abe extended warm welcome to Prime Minister Modi of India, and stressed the great potential that Japan-India relations have. Prime Minister Modi congratulated Japan for entering into the new era of Reiwa and highlighted strong bilateral ties. #PMinAction pic.twitter.com/qhBCbxpb9f— PM's Office of Japan (@JPN_PMO) June 27, 2019
PM Modi meets Japan PM Shinzo Abe
PM Modi met Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan. Abe congratulated Modi for winning the Lok Sabha eletcions and assured to visit India soon.
High tariffs on US products unacceptable, says Trump
Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump's talk at G20 summit, Trump tweeted that he is looking forward to speaking with PM Modi about the retaliatory tariffs imposed by India on US products. Calling it "unacceptable", he said the tariffs must be withdrawn. India had imposed retaliatory tariffs on 28 US items earlier this month, after the Donald Trump administration ended trade concessions for India on June 1. A day before, Mike Pompeo defended his government's decision of ending trade concessions for India, stating that the US deserves greater market access.
I look forward to speaking with Prime Minister Modi about the fact that India, for years having put very high Tariffs against the United States, just recently increased the Tariffs even further. This is unacceptable and the Tariffs must be withdrawn!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 27, 2019