Abe arrives on two-day Gujarat visit today

Gladys Abbott
September 13, 2017

Grand preparations are being made for the Japanese Prime Minister's visit to Gujarat wherefor the first time Mr Modi and Mr Abe will take part in a road show in Ahmedabad. There have been 9 meetings between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in last three years and another is scheduled in Ahmedabad on Wednesday.

The Japanese leader's approval rating had dropped to 20 percent in July, and at least one former Japanese prime minister denounced him for the scandals, claiming Japan is "nearing ruin" because of Abe's control of the bureaucracy. This will be the fourth annual summit between them.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will arrive in India today to promote economic and security ties between the two countries.

The Sabarmati riverfront, with its heritage structures including the Sidi Saiyyed Mosque, has been decorated ahead of the Modi and Abe visit.

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On the Ahmedabad-Mumbai route, a total of 12 stations have been proposed that include Mumbai, Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Ahmedabad and Sabarmati. Then they will engage in "dinner diplomacy" at one of Ahmedabad's top-rated restaurants serving authentic local cuisine - similar to what Abe had done for Modi at Kyoto's state guest house in 2014. Japan was the only major country to publicly articulate its unequivocal support to India during the border crisis.

It is expected that cost will go down further as the technology will grow massively and it will be developed under Make in India. This apart, Modi has already invited Japanese companies to invest in textile sector in view of state's textile policy is based on five F formula of Farm-Fibre-Fabric-Fashion-Foreign.

Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the leaders would jointly participate in the ground-breaking ceremony for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail project using Japanese Shinkansen technology - also known as the bullet train project - in Gandhinagar. Japan is extending a soft loan of around Rs88,000 crore for the project, at an interest rate of 0.1%, to be repaid in 50 years with a 15-year grace period. Now all eyes are on 12th India-Japan annual summit in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

Abe pointed out that threats posed by the North's repeated provocations should be suppressed, and apparently referred to a plan by the Japanese military to strengthen its joint exercises with the US, involving Japan's Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system and American supercarriers and strategic bombers.

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