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Indian PM headed for Japan

Indian PM headed for JapanIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday left for Japan to participate in the annual bilateral summit in Tokyo.

"An eastward sojourn begins, this time for the Annual Summit with Japan. PM @narendramodi departs for Tokyo," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.

One of the main points of the visit is the high-speed railway cooperation between the two countries, which would boost bilateral trade and investment, PM Modi said in a pre-departure statement in Delhi on Wednesday.

"The high-speed railway cooperation between India and Japan is a shining example of the strength of our cooperation," he said.

"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," PM Modi added.

Stating that the India-Japan partnership was characterised as a Special Strategic and Global Partnership, PM Modi said that the two countries "see each other through a prism of shared Buddhist heritage, democratic values, and commitment to an open, inclusive and rules-based global order."

"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," he said.

The Prime Minister said that in Tokyo he would have a detailed interaction with top business leaders from India and Japan to look for ways to further strengthen trade and investment ties.

Also Modi as believed is going to seal a landmark nuclear energy pact with Japan. Officials in New Delhi and Tokyo said a deal that will allow Japan to supply nuclear reactors, fuel and technology is ready for signing after six years of negotiations to find a way around Tokyo's reservations about such an agreement with a country that has not signed the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Indian foreign ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup said the two sides had reached a broad agreement on nuclear collaboration as early as last December and had since been trying to finalize the document.

A Japanese ruling party lawmaker said the two sides will sign an agreement during Modi's visit. A Japanese foreign ministry spokesman declined to comment.
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