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Modi’s Japan tour a big hit

PM Narendra Modi known for his exceptional style and elegance has won the Japanese hearts by his special gestures and words. Overwhelmed by the great hospitality and respect offered by his Japanese counterpart, Mr. Modi expressed his gratitude for such warm welcome and respect. After a weekend of touring historic places, temples and monuments in Japan, the PM declared Monday talks as highly fruitful and useful. India and Japan inked many key pacts which will put India on a new footing and help it enhance its technology and infrastructure at par with the first world nations. The key points to the strategic meeting held are:
• Japan will invest Rs. 2.1 lakh crores in India over a span of 5 years
• The investment will be spread across infrastructure, clean energy and skill development initiatives.
• Number of Japanese companies operating in India will be doubled in 5years.
• Japan-India Promotion Partnership was announced
• Japanese PM also agreed to provide all kinds of technical, financial and operational support for the introduction of bullet trains or Shinkansen along Mumbai-Ahmedabad route.
• Both countries also agreed to synergize their efforts for the procurement of LPG and upstream development of oil and gas.
• PM Modi assured the Japanese investors to speeden the clearance requirements for setting business in India. He assured of starting a special track via PMO for the same.
• Tokyo also cleared six Indian Space and Defence-related entities from its foreign end-user list.
• Tokyo also expressed its position in favor of India’s full-membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group.
• There were other significant discussions which will take the partnership and Indo-Japan relations on a new and higher ground. These are:
1. Agreement to produce rare earth materials
2. Sale of US-2 Amphibian Aircraft proposed
3. Accelerating steps to clinch early civil nuclear deal etc.

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Modi in Japan: New beginnings expected!

Modi has a close relation with Japan which he has developed over the years . PM has been careful and thoughtful enough to give special attention to details keeping his words of maintaining significant ties with Tokyo. The PMs will nurture strong civilizational links between the cultures before embarking on the strategic agenda. Both sides know and acknowledge the importance of this partnership amidst the changing political and economic dimensions in Asia. The emerging threats faced by both the nations can be strongly tackled together as they both seek bigger roles for India and Japan in future world order. PM Abe has shown special courtesies to the guest PM by specially flying from Tokyo to Kyoto to receive him and hosting a private dinner in his grace. This is seen to be done to overcome the disappointment expressed by Tokyo when Modi had cancelled his visit to the island nation. Both the PMs are making all efforts to renew the historic Buddhist bonds shared by the nations. PM Modi presented his Japanese counterpart a special book entitled “Swami Vivekananda and Japan” and a copy of “Bhagwad Gita”.

The Future agenda:

• Both the nations are grappling with deep national security bureaucracies and thus need to carve out and lay the foundations of a robust nuclear partnership which will stay the test of time.
• The economic frontier is more skewed towards Indian side as PM Modi has to present a strong case to seek maximum Japanese participation to boost the development of the nation. This will involve high-speed trains and tracks, sophisticated infrastructure, smart cities and the mammoth task of cleaning the River Ganga.
• A sister partnership for modernization and development of smart cities in India.
• As Modi is highly popular and has come to power with a huge mandate, PM Abe has also proved his mettle by turning around the Japanese economy from the dungeons of recession. So the expectations double as both the heads meet who enjoy massive support base at home.

Present Political trends and winds:

• Japanese stature in the Asian continent has been quite high especially after the military alliance with US. This has however been considerably undermined due to the rise of Chinese military prowess and the flaring up of South China Sea dispute. Tokyo is now trying to secure its position in the region by pushing more security alignments. It has developed stronger ties wth Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Australia and India. China has taken serious view of the new aggressive policies of Abe and has accused Japan of trying to turn the post-War order in Asia, detrimental to its interests. Rise of Modi in India is also being seen in positive light as the foreign nations expect responsible decisions from him which will help foster regional balances and ties. Individually both Japan and China have contributed tremendously in the regional growth on all fronts. Modi has to keep a neutral stance which has been India’s strongest weapon in times of the 2 deadly wars which had ripped the world apart.

Varanasi-Kyoto Heritage Pact signed:

In a first major breakthrough, PM Modi and Shinzo Abe the cultural agreement to develop and modernize Varanasi on the lines of Kyoto has been signed over the weekend, as per the agenda. Kyoto exactly defines the type of world-class city which Mr.Modi wants to replicate in Varanasi. The pact will spread on cooperation on various peripherals like heritage conservation, modernization and cultural maintenance.

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