Modi leaves for Japan, nuke deal and stronger ties on the agenda
Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for a three-day visit to Japan this morning, hoping of sign a civil nuclear agreement that will boost nuclear energy production in India.india Updated: Nov 10, 2016 12:40 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for a three-day visit to Japan on Thursday morning as India looks to sign a pact to boost nuclear energy production.
According to officials, all efforts were being made to seal the nuclear pact, which has to be cleared by the Japanese parliament.
If it is done, this would be Japan’s first civil nuclear cooperation pact with a country that has not joined the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Japan, the only country to have suffered nuclear bombings, has been seeking assurance from India that it will not be used for military purposes or nuclear tests.
“Our partnership with Japan is characterized as a Special Strategic and Global Partnership. India and Japan see each other through a prism of shared Buddhist heritage, democratic values, and commitment to an open, inclusive and rules-based global order,” Modi said in a statement before leaving.
Modi’s visit, from November 10-12 for the Annual Summit, will be his second trip to that country as the Prime Minister.
During the visit, Modi will also call on Emperor Akihito. India is looking forward to reviewing the entire spectrum of the Indo-Japan bilateral cooperation. The PM will meet his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on 11 November.
“Today, Japan is one of the top investors in India. But many Japanese companies, which are household names in India, have been committed to the potential of Indian economy for several decades. In Tokyo, I will have a detailed interaction with top business leaders from India and Japan, to look for ways to further strengthen our trade and investment ties,” he added.
As China continues to step up its activities in the East and South China seas and the Indian Ocean, India and Japan are set to step up their maritime security cooperation as well.
The other area of focus will be the cooperation on the high-speed rails --- a pet project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“On 12 November, Prime Minister Abe and I will travel to Kobe on the famed Shinkansen – the technology that will be deployed for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Railway. Both of us will also visit the Kawasaki Heavy Industries facility in Kobe, where high speed railway is manufactured,” the PM said.
“The High Speed Railway cooperation between India and Japan is a shining example of the strength of our cooperation. It will not only boost our trade and investment ties, but will also create skilled jobs in India, improve our infrastructure and give a boost to our ‘Make in India’ mission,” the PM said.