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India, Japan to work closely on connectivity

14 September 2017

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Ahmedabad on Wednesday evening and was treated to a warm hug from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

On Thursday, Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe will participate in the path-breaking ceremony of the bullet-train inauguration.

Abe, the prime minister of Japan, is here for the 12th annual India-Japan summit. It was in 2006 that India and Japan agreed to hold annual summits between the prime ministers of the two countries.

Japanese and USA officials are coordinating Trump's itinerary for a Japan visit, centering on the period from November 4 to 6, and including a meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the sources said.

An India-Japan Business Plenary will also be held.

A group of Buddhist monks were also present at the airport to welcome Abe and his wife.

PM @AbeShinzo & I will attend the programme to mark the start of work of India's first high-speed rail project between Ahmedabad & Mumbai.

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The two prime ministers will visit Sabarmati Ashram, established by India's freedom icon Mahatma Gandhi on the banks of the Sabarmati river.

Though most of Abe's first day was spent sight-seeing, India and Japan did sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the expansion of an global laboratory set up for collaborative research in biotechnology on Wednesday.

The Centre is confident of starting the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train on August 15, 2022 to commemorate the 75th year of India's Independence, a year ahead of its schedule, a senior official of the railway ministry said. The two leaders have met 10 times in the last three years, with the last being on the sidelines of the G20 Summit at Hamburg in July.

The Prime minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe has landed in the country today.

Abe and Trump are scheduled to meet in mid-September during the prime minister's visit to NY, where they will hammer out details of the president's November visit.

PM Modi Shinzo Abe pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi, at Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad.

Japan was the only major country which conveyed its unequivocal support to India and Bhutan through diplomatic channels during the Doklam standoff. The two leaders will deliver statements to the media. The visit itself would promote the strength of the Japan-U.S. alliance to the world amid a deteriorating security environment in the Asia-Pacific region due to North Korean actions, among other issues.

India, Japan to work closely on connectivity