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Japanese PM to Visit India, Kick Off High Speed Bullet Train Project

13 Septembre 2017

Immediately after Abe and his wife Akie touch down in Ahmedabad, they will accompany PM Modi on a a first-of-its-kind 8-km roadshow that will wind its way from the airport to the city's regional tax office. This will be the fourth annual summit between Modi and Abe, during which the focus of talks is expected to be on trade, defence and infrastructure. The BJP led government in Gujarat will set up an industrial park on a sprawling 1,555 hectare at Khoraj near Sanand in Ahmedabad district and it will be dedicated for Japan based companies. And roadshow goes beyond things Gujarat.

Several artistes from various states have been invited to perform on almost 25 stages set up along the stretch where the roadshow will pass through, the Hindustan Times reported.

They will have dinner at Agashiye restaurant in the House of MG, a well-known heritage hotel in the walled city area of Ahmedabad, he added. It is located across the road of Sidi Saiyyed Ni Jali, a monument which has become identity of Ahmedabad.

The Ministry said the high point of the visit was likely to be the joint inauguration of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail project and bilateral security dialogue.

The train will reduce the travel time between the two cities from eight to three-3.5 hours, and is expected to complete by December 2023. The project is mostly on Japanese soft loan.

According to sources, Japan is keen to get involved in more projects, including ‘viable connectivity projects in the Northeast. In return, India will obtain increased Japanese technological support for Indian naval projects.

Japan has been strengthening bilateral cooperation with British forces mainly over security in the Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean. Abe believes that the Indian diaspora, which is firmly rooted in important countries of South, West and East Africa are the key partners for local distribution, management of spares and servicing, and related work needed for Japanese investment to succeed. In this age of vulnerability, we cherish the relationship between the two countries. China is already expanding its economic and strategic influence in the resource-rich continent. The city had hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2015. Japan, for its part, regularly joins the annual Malabar maritime exercises conducted by the Indian and US navies in the Indian Ocean.

"This visit will allow (Abe) to take a greater leap into a new Japan-India era and think of ways to strengthen our relations with India", Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Tuesday. "These firms will invest in Gujarat during the next one month, for which MoUs will be signed during the summit", Singh told reporters.

Japanese PM to Visit India, Kick Off High Speed Bullet Train Project