- Gandhinagar: Prime Minister of Japan H.E. Shinzo Abe and Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi signed various agreements at Mahatma Mandir today thereby signifying the strengthening of bonds between India and Japan.
- Mr. Modi greeted everyone in Japanese and described Japan as India’s “exclusive” friend. He expressed utmost happiness to welcome the Japanese PM to India and especially to Gujarat. Both the Prime Ministers visited the Sabarmati Ashram and Dandi Kutir to understand closely about the life of Mahatma. He described the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed train project as a leap of faith between India-Japan relations and said that the project will act as a lifeline by becoming a ‘New Railway Philosophy’ in the future.
- Mr. Modi described the peculiarities of the relations between the two nations and said that the developmental agenda of India meets the demands of the Japanese companies. He also said that there is a feeling of mutual trust between the two countries and they understand the strategic advantages and concerns of each other. This is not only a step towards strengthening the bi-lateral ties between them but also step of a firm bond on the International platform.
- He further added that India had signed a historic agreement with Japan on peaceful use of Nuclear Energy during his tour to the country last year. He thanked the Japanese parliament and H.E Abe for the ratification of the same.
- Moreover, Mr. Modi added that the Japanese investment in India during the year 2016-17 was 4.7 billion dollars which was 80% more than the previous year. This made Japan the third highest investor nation to invest in India. This shows the immense amount of faith that the people of Japan have in India which will strengthen the business ties as well as the personal ties between people in the days to come. He also stated that the government has started the ‘Cool Box Service’ with the support and co-operation of the Japanese Postal Department which will enable the Japanese residents in India to order
- their favorite food from their home country. He told the business leaders to start more Japanese restaurants in India and said that India is the biggest partner of Japan as per its Official Development Assistance.
- He also welcomed the various agreements between the two nations in various fields and said that this co-operation will ensure a holistic development of both the nations.
- Describing the theories of truth and non-violence from the autobiography of Mahatma Gandhi, Prime Minster of Japan H.E. Shinzo Abe said, “India has provided invaluable wealth of human values to the world through Buddhism and Yoga Culture”.
- Mr. Abe said that the strong relationship between the two countries will prove to be important not only in Pacific regions of India but also in the whole world. He took a note of North Korea's question on the issue of the two countries and said, “We will compel them to change the policy.” He also stressed for the connectivity of Asia-Pacific and African region. Mr. Abe also said to contribute for the development “North Eastern State”.
- He also appealed India to show a keen interest in the tourism sector for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics to be held in 2020. He emphasized and appealed Indians to learn Japanese across the 100 training centers across India and train 1000 teachers. Mr. Abe has emphasized the importance of India-Japan's strong relationship for the peace and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific Ocean region.
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