PM Modi tells Indian community in Japan

PM Modi tells Indian community in Japan

Relations with China are a major issue shared by Modi and Abe, as their cooperation might balance China's growing regional influence and military assertiveness.

"Just as lamps light up the dark during Diwali, wherever you are, you are spreading the light of India to every corner of the world and Japan and making the country proud", the Prime Minister said.

In a statement on Friday, before leaving for Japan, Modi described India and Japan as a "winning combination" and said the island nation was New Delhi's most trusted partner in its economic and technological modernisation.

Modi is on a two-day visit to Japan to attend the 13th India-Japan annual summit.

After arriving in Yamanashi earlier today, PM Modi was hosted by Abe for a private lunch at the latter's personal villa near Lake Kawaguchi in Yamanashi.

He also interacted with top business leaders from the two countries at a forum here and asked Japanese businessmen to engage more with India.

In another sign of closer relations, India and Japan are also set to hold their first joint military exercises involving ground forces, starting next month.

At a time when freedom of navigation is becoming a hot-button regional issue, Abe and Modi are expected to confirm their cooperation to realize a "free and open" Indo-Pacific.

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Mr Modi said, India had successfully organized FIFA Under- 17 World Cup last year and this year Hockey World Cup 2018 is being organized at Bhubaneswar.

Japan's role in India's economic journey continues to be integral to its transformation, Kumar added.

The prime minister's visit will reaffirm the traditional bonds of friendship between the two countries and strengthen their multi-faceted cooperation in diverse fields.

PM Modi will later meet with Japanese Venture Capitalists, the Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshige Seko, Foreign Minister Taro Kono and the Secretary-General of the Liberal Democratic Party, Toshihiro Nikai.

India is also hoping to have some kind of synergy or integration between Modi's Ayushman Bharat scheme, which is the largest medicare programme of its kind globally, and the Japanese programme which is called Asia Health and Wellbeing Initiative.

The agenda is likely to be packed as the leaders of India and Japan have much to discuss.

"We share a big win-win potential in all areas and Japan remains committed to supporting India's economic growth and Prime Minister Modi's Make in India initiative through high-speed rail, subways and other infrastructure, mobilising Japan's world-leading technologies", he said.

Till now, the 2+2 dialogue between India and Japan was held at the vice-ministerial level.

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