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Japan PM Shinzo Abe in India, Modi welcomes him with bear hug

Japan PM Shinzo Abe in India, Modi welcomes him with bear hug

The India-Japan summit is going to start from Wednesday at with Modi in Gandhinagar, the capital of the Prime Minister's home state Gujarat.

At the invitation of PM Narendra Modi, Japan PM Shinzo Abe will arrive in Ahemdabad today at 3:30 pm IST. Apart from Hridaya Kunj, Gandhi's cottage in the ashram, one can also tour around Vinoba Kutir, a cottage named after Acharya Vinoba Bhave, and Upasana Mandir, an open-air prayer ground, among other sites.

Earlier in the day, breaking protocol, Modi personally received Abe at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International airport with a warm hug. The architectural marvel, located in the eastern part of the city, is known across the world for its intricate stone lattice work - locally known as "jalis". Sidi Saeed was an Abyssinian who came from Yemen.

While his wife sported a handsome pink coloured salwar-kameez paired with a cream-hued dupatta, Shinzo donned white kurta pajama and a blue Indian-style Nehru jacket, similar to that of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which he wears during his foreign visits.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is all set to lay the foundation stone of the much-awaited high-speed Ahmedabad-Mumbai train.

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Given the recently deepening security cooperation among Japan, India and the United States, Japan has judged that the time is ripe for pushing for the new framework again, the government sources said.

With Japan's keen interest to scale-up its partnership in key flagship projects like Make in India, Skill India and the Clean Ganga Mission, India is expected to be benefitted from Japanese technology in several sectors.

Both the leaders will take part in the groundbreaking ceremony for the ambitious Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Project, commonly referred to as the bullet train project, on September 14.

On the Ahmedabad-Mumbai route, the trains are set to run at a speed of 320-350 kilometres per hour. "I will be hosting him in Gujarat in our fourth annual summit together", Modi tweeted Wednesday in English as well as in Japanese. The root of growing bonhomie between the two Asian leaders have also to do with neighbouring rival China. While many have touted this as response China's One Belt, One Road (OBOR), the reality is that India and Japan began this initiative way back in 2010 to strengthen development and connectivity between Asia and Africa. The nuclear pact, signed in November 2016, is expected to help foreign players build atomic power reactors in India with equipment from Japan. New Delhi is also in talks with Tokyo to buy amphibious aircraft - ShinMaywa Industries' US-2.


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