Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be on a two dayvisit to Japan. In a special gesture, Modi will be hosted by his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe for a private dinner at his holiday home, situated in picturesque Yamanashi prefecture on the first day of his arrival in Japan.
Perhaps, this is for the first time such reception being extended to a foreign leader, following which both the leaders will travel to Tokyo by train.
According to reports, Narendra Modi will pay a two-day visit to Japan from October 28 to 29 to hold the annual Indo-Japan summit with Abe and they hold discussion a range of issues including defense and regional security
“This will be 13th annual summit and the fifth one to be attended by PM Narendra Modi”, stated the Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale to reporters.
The focus of the visit will be to further expand cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, which will carry out joint infrastructure projects in third countries and further boost ties key sectors like defense and trade.
“Regional security will be another topic. We presume that given the interest Japan has in issues related to the Korean Peninsula and DPRK, this matter will be discussed. We will certainly raise our concerns over terrorism and others trans-border crimes which are of importance to us” said Gokhale.
According to reports, in the afternoon of Sunday, Abe will host an informal lunch for Modi at a hotel, with view of Mount Fuji and both leaders will take a stroll at the ground of the hotel, following which they will visit a leading manufacturer company of factory automation.
On Monday morning, the PM will address the Indian community in Tokyo.
On Monday evening, Modi and Abe will hold a meeting on wide ranging talks with a focus on bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual concerns which will include exploring ways to deepen cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, boosting defense, security ties and undertaking infrastructure projects in Asia and Africa in a trilateral framework, asserted Gokhale.
Furthermore, he added that both of the leaders are also likely to deliberate on implementation of the dedicated freight corridor, the Delhi-Mumbai industrial corridor and Mumbai-Ahmadabad high speed rail project.
One of the agreements expected to be signed is for second tranche of the official development assistance (ODA) by Japan for the Mumbai-Ahmadabad high speed rail project, stated the Foreign Secretary.
Modi is also reported to participate in a series of business events which will include meeting with top executives of Japanese venture capital companies and attending launch of a grand start-up challenge, a new programme which will encourage Indians and Japanese startups, said Gokhale.
After talks between the two leaders, Abe will host a state banquet in honor of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Modi will reportedly leave for India after the banquet.
Gokahle also informed that India is also hoping to have some kind of synergy or integration between PM Modi’s Ayushman Bharat scheme, which is the largest medicare program of its kind globally, and the Japanese program which is called Asia Health and Well being initiative.
On the other hand, Japanese emperor Akihito will not be I Tokyo during Modi’s visit and that is why there will be no meeting between the two, according to reports.