PM Modi in Japan: In Tokyo, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japan PM Shinzo Abe will hold a formal summit, during which economic cooperation and strengthening bilateral security is expected to be high on the agenda.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi started his second day of the Japan visit by addressing the Indian community in Tokyo. Yesterday, PM Modi spent eight hours at the scenic Yamanashi at his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe’s holiday home, before taking the express train to Tokyo this evening. The two Prime Ministers held informal talks over lunch and a private dinner and also visited Japan’s largest facility for building industrial robots.
After addressing the Indian community, PM Modi will attend the 13th India-Japan annual summit, where the two nations are expected to deepen their strategic ties and build synergy across various fields.
Here is your 10-point cheatsheet to PM Narendra Modi’s visit to Japan
- During Monday’s summit, PM Modi and PM Abe will engage on a range of global and regional issues, issues including maritime cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region — where the influence of China is growing — defence and security sectors.
- Leveraging Japanese capabilities for India’s development initiatives will also be a highlight of the summit. New Delhi is hoping for integration between India’s Ayushman Bharat healthcare scheme and Japan’s Asia Health and Wellbeing Initiative.
- PM Modi will also address the Indian community in Tokyo and will attend a series of business events and address the business forum.
- At Yamanashi, a picturesque resort west of Tokyo close to Mount Fuji, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and PM Shinzo Abe spent the day together. PM Modi has gifted Mr Abe two handcrafted stone bowls and dhurries, and a wooden chest from Rajasthan with traditional work. PM Abe, PM Modi tweeted, has given him lessons on using chopsticks.
- The two prime ministers visited the FANUC Corporation, one of the largest makers of industrial robots in the world.Officials of the foreign ministry said at the motor assembly facility, they witnessed the assembling of a motor by a robot in 40 seconds.
- Later in the evening, PM Abe hosted PM Modi at his personal villa near Lake Kawaguchi in Yamanashi for a private dinner as a special gesture. Mr Abe is meeting PM Modi a day after a rare visit to Beijing, where held talks with his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang and called on President Xi Jinping.
- This is PM Modi’s third visit to the island nation for the summit and the 12th meeting with Shinzo Abe since 2014. India is the only country with which Japan holds annual bilateral summits. India has a similar arrangement with Russia too.
- Mr Abe has said PM Modi is one of his most “valuable and dependable” friends and together with him, he would like to strengthen bilateral cooperation to realise a free and open Indo-Pacific region. The relationship between Japan and India “is blessed with the largest potential in the world”, he added.
- PM Modi described India and Japan as a “winning combination” and said Japan was New Delhi’s most trusted partner in its economic and technological modernisation.
- After talks between the two sides on Monday, Shinzo Abe will host a state banquet for PM Modi. After the banquet, PM Modi will leave for India.