Modi leaves on three-day visit to Japan, may sign civil N-deal with Abe


modiSigning a civil nuclear deal and increasing cooperation in trade, investment and security is what Prime Minister Narendra Modi is looking to reach as he leaves for Japan on a three-day state visit on November 10.

While in Japan Modi will hold the annual summit meeting with Japan PM Shinzo Abe and also have an audience with the new Emperor of Japan.

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

He will visit the Kawasaki Heavy Industries facility in Kobe, where high speed railway is manufactured, in his second visit to Japan as PM.

Modi along with Japan premier will travel to Kobe by Shinkansen bullet train, the technology to be employed for Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Railway.

“I will have a detailed interaction with top business leaders from India and Japan to look for ways to further strengthen our trade and investment ties,” Modi had said on November 9.

While Modi is in Japan, the two countries may sign a civil nuclear cooperation agreement. India and Japan had sealed a broad pact during Abe’s visit to India in December last. But the final deal was yet to be signed.

Discussions were on for a long time between India and Japan for the nuclear deal, but the upheaval in Japan after the 2011 disaster at Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant had halted them.

Japan PM to meet Trump

Meanwhile, Abe will proceed to the US on November 17 in a bid to establish good personal ties and will meet US President-elect Donald Trump in New York next week.

Abe and Trump had spoken by telephone and confirmed close cooperation, stressing the importance of the Japan-US alliance in the Asia-Pacific region. After meeting Trump, he will attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Peru.