Japan seeks to upgrade security talks with India amid China muscle-flexing

India-Japan joint statement slams Pak-sponsored terrorism

India-Japan joint statement slams Pak-sponsored terrorism

The Japanese side is convinced that India, a rising power, will stand for respect for global law and will not tolerate rogue actions, and the special relationship between the two Prime Ministers Modi and Abe ensures that. Banners saying "Welcome to the only home of Asiatic Lions", "New India, Bright Future", and "Welcome to India, Welcome to Gujarat" have been prepared in the Japanese Hiragana script, The Indian Express reported.

The visit will begin today afternoon with an 8 kilometre road show where Abe will be accorded a grand welcome, officials said.

The 9 km-odd stretch that the cavalcade of the two leaders will traverse will be replete with cultural programmes every few metres along the way.

The major highlight of Shinzo Abe's tour to Ahmedabad and Gujarat capital Gandhinagar would be the stone laying ceremony for India's first bullet train project.

On Thursday, Abe is scheduled to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for a new high-speed railway connecting the western Indian cities of Mumbai and Ahmedabad, using Japanese bullet train technology.

Later that day, both the premiers will hold the 12th India-Japan annual summit at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar.

"India truly values its ties with Japan and looks forward to further boost the bilateral relations in a wide range of areas", tweeted PM Modi.

This will be the fourth annual summit that Prime Minister Modi and Shinzo Abe would address together.

The high-speed rail network would be having a capacity of 750 passengers and will cut down the journey time between the two cities Ahmedabad-Mumbai from eight to three and half hours.

The call is a common refrain from nationalist leader Shinzo Abe, who has long advocated a stiffening of Japan's military posture, despite its officially pacifist constitution. On the cards to be signed is a memorandum of understanding for the creation of the Japan-India Institute of Manufacturing, which will be jointly developed by the governments of Japan and Gujarat near Khoraj in Sanand. In this age of vulnerability, we cherish the relationship between the two countries.

The distance of 508 km will be covered in two hours and seven minutes by the bullet train if it stops at four stations namely Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat and Mumbai. "But India and Japan and their partnership provide a certainty in the region and beyond".

According to sources, Japan is keen to get involved in more projects, including ‘viable connectivity projects in the Northeast.

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