NEW DELHI -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for Japan today on a three-day visit to attend the annual summit meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and have an audience with the Emperor of Japan in Tokyo tomorrow.
In a statement issued before his departure for Tokyo, the Prime Minister said he and his Japanese counterpart would be travelling to Kobe by the famed Shinkansen bullet train, the technology that will be deployed for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed railway. He also said that he will be visiting the Kawasaki Heavy Industries facility in Kobe, where the high speed trains are manufactured.
The Prime Minister said high speed railway cooperation between the two countries is a shining example of the strength of bilateral cooperation.
He said, it will not only boost trade and investment ties, but also create skilled jobs in India, improve infrastructure and give a boost to Make in India mission.
The summit will be an occasion for the Prime Minister to review the entire spectrum of bilateral cooperation with his Japanese counterpart in Tokyo tomorrow.
Prime Minister Modi will also have a detailed interaction with top business leaders from India and Japan, to look for ways to further strengthen our trade and investment ties.
The two sides are likely to sign several agreements, including on civil nuclear cooperation. Both leaders are also likely to discuss defence cooperation, including joint maritime exercises between Japan, India and the US.
The South China Sea is also likely to figure in the talks.
During Prime Minister Modi's visit to Japan in 2014, the India-Japan relationship was upgraded to Special Strategic and Global Partnership.
In the New Delhi summit of 2015, India and Japan outlined a Vision of Working Together for Peace and Prosperity in the Indo-Pacific Region and the World.
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