PM Modi, Shinzo Abe hold delegation level talks in Tokyo

Hannah Rogers
October 30, 2018

The ACSA would permit the Indian Navy (IN) access to a Japanese base in Djibouti, while the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) would be permitted to use India's military installations on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands located in the Indian Ocean, which lie near the Malacca Straits, next to other naval facilities.

The two leaders have made reciprocal visits since 2014. In their vision document, India and Japan said that they will continue to make efforts with regard to cooperation on the aircraft.

Recognising the unparalleled potential for development of relations between the two countries, the prime ministers reviewed the significant milestones achieved over the last four years.

"A strong India benefits Japan and a strong Japan benefits India", Abe told reporters after he and Modi signed the statement. "It's not only big companies but micro, small and medium enterprises that are welcome to India", he said.

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Since then, he travelled to England as part of the T20I squads, although he got a chance to bat in only one of the three matches. Rohit Sharma has once again earned a ticket to Australia. "After that, we will take a call", Prasad said.

"[We] will have a frank exchange of views and I'd like to deepen our cooperative ties for peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region", Abe said at a meeting of his Liberal Democratic Party on Tuesday. Japan is considered as a natural and indispensable partner for India in the economic, defence and technology fields.

Besides meeting business leaders, PM Modi held discussions with Japanese Minister of Economics Hiroshige Seko, Foreign Minister Taro Kono, Secretary General of LDP Toshihiro Nikai, Chairman of Policy Research Council of LDP Fumio Kishida. On Sunday, he was invited to Abe's vacation home at a scenic resort in the shadow of Mount Fuji. Modi appreciated Japan's role in promoting connectivity through quality infrastructure projects such as the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor and the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor.

Modi arrived in Japan late Saturday - the same day Abe returned from a three-day summit in China - to be met by members of the Indian expatriate community. "There are no negatives, but only opportunities in this relationship, which are waiting to be seized". The special reception was the first for any foreign leader to have visited Japan. Japan is funding 80% of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project through a soft loan of Rs 79,000 crore at an interest rate of 0.1%, with a tenure stretching over 50 years and a moratorium period of 15 years.

Abe and Modi are expected to issue a joint communique on strengthening security cooperation and measures aimed at pursuing a "free and open Indo-Pacific", Kyodo News agency reported on Sunday, citing an unnamed Japanese foreign ministry official.

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