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Highlights: Narendra Modi one of my most dependable friends, says Japanese PM Shinzo Abe

PM Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe are expected to hold wide-ranging talks in strengthening collaboration in key areas such as defence, security, Indo-Pacific cooperation and technology. Here are the highlights:

By HT Correspondent | Oct 28, 2018 23:35 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Japan on a two-day visit to attend the 13th India-Japan Annual Summit. He arrived in Tokyo on Saturday evening.

Before leaving for Japan, PM Modi said that India’s ties with Japan, both economic and strategic, stood completely transformed in recent years. He touted Japan as ‘one of the most trusted partners’ in India’s economic and technological modernisation.

Here are the highlights of PM Modi’s Japan visit:

5:05pm IST

PM Modi leaves for Tokyo

PM Narendra Modi leaves for Tokyo by Express Train Kaiji with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe from Yamanashi, reports ANI.

3:35 pm IST

PM Modi learns to eat using chopsticks

2:30 pm IST

PM Modi at Abe’s holiday home

In a special gesture, Japan PM Shinzo Abe will host a private dinner for PM Modi at his holiday home in the Yamanashi prefecture, which is perhaps the first such reception to be extended to a foreign leader.

1:18 pm IST

Modi, Abe visit factory of industrial robot manufacturer

PM Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe visit a factory of industrial robot manufacturer in Yamanashi Prefecture, west of Tokyo.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japan prime minister Shinzo Abe at Fanuc Corporation in Yamanashi Prefecture. (ANI Photo/Twitter)

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12:50 pm IST

PM Modi gifts handcrafted stone bowl, dhurries to Shinzo Abe

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday presented his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe two handcrafted stone bowls and dhurries made from rose quartz and yellow quartz stone sourced from Rajasthan.

A Jodhpuri wooden chest from Rajasthan with traditional work was also presented, an official said. The gifts were specially crafted on the occasion of Modi’s visit to Japan for the two-day India-Japan annual summit.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe two handcrafted stone bowls and dhurries made from rose quartz and yellow quartz stone sourced from Rajasthan. (PTI Photo)

12:42 pm IST

Committed to support Make in India initiative: Abe

“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,” said Shinzo Abe .

12:40 pm IST

PM Modi one of my most dependable friends: Abe

Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe Sunday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was one of his most “dependable” friends and together with the Indian leader, he would like to strengthen bilateral cooperation to realise a free and open Indo-Pacific.

11:55 am IST

PM Modi, Shinzo Abe visit lakeside of Yamanaka

PM Modi and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe at lakeside of Yamanaka. (Shinzo Abe/Twitter)

11:50 am IST

No negatives, only opportunities in India-Japan ties: PM Modi

“The India-Japan partnership has been fundamentally transformed and it has been strengthened as a ‘special strategic and global partnership,’” Modi told Kyodo News service as reported by news agency Associated Press. “There are no negatives but only opportunities in this relationship which are waiting to be seized.”

11:20 am IST

13th India-Japan Annual Summit to strengthen bilateral ties

The two-day summit beginning today will seek to review the progress in ties and deepen strategic dimension of the bilateral relationship.

9:25 am IST

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe receives PM Narendra Modi

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe received Prime Minister Narendra Modi at hotel Mount Fuji in Yamanashi, reports news agency ANI.