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Japan's Shinzo Abe to meet with Indian counterpart, promote security cooperation

Japan's Shinzo Abe to meet with Indian counterpart, promote security cooperation

Abe and Modi will hold the 12th India-Japan Annual Summit in Gujarat during the visit.

The next schedule of the two dignitaries would be the the 12th India-Japan Annual Summit at the sprawling auditorium complex Mahatma Mandir in state capital Gandhinagar.

Modi recently replaced his railway minister after a series of derailments, including one last month which killed at least 23 passengers in the northern Uttar Pradesh state. Modi has a history of "birthday diplomacy" in his home state, hosting Chinese President Xi Jingpin in Gujarat on his birthday in 2014.

On Thursday, Abe and Modi will attend the ceremony for the ambitious Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project, commonly referred to as the Bullet Train project, which will give India its first bullet train. They would visit the iconic 16th century mosque in the old city, Sidi Saiyad Mosque, known for its window filigree work synonymous with Ahmedabad. The Japanese prime minister is landing here directly on 13 September. In Japan, Shinkansen trains run barely three minutes apart, and since drivers can not spot signals due to the high speeds, the whole traffic management is automated.

Abe's visit is seen as part of his efforts to consolidate the bilateral relationship between Japan and India, which was given a new thrust and heft under his leadership in 2012. Read Also: Ahmedabad Mumbai bullet train: Railway minister Piyush Goyal says charges will be cheaper than air fare The initiative is not only being discussed between India and Japan, but also with third countries, Verma added. "Japan is a leader in technology and enjoys considerable trust in India and is collaborating in many spheres", Group Captain (Retd.) Ajey Lele, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, and head of its Centre for Strategic Technologies told Sputnik.

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It is expected that cost will go down further as the technology will grow massively and it will be developed under Make in India. Expected to cost almost ₹1.10 lakh crore, the first Bullet Train is expected to be ply on Indian soil by 2022.

He said both the leaders will be accorded a "grand welcome" along the route of the road show.

- An India Japan Business Plenary is scheduled the same day.

Abe and Modi are also expected to exchange views on North Korea, which carried out its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3 despite repeated warnings from the global community, according to Japanese government officials.


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