Grand welcome awaits Japan PM Abe today

Modi and Abe will lay the stone in Gujarat city on September 14. AP  PTI file

The Ellis Bridge has also been decorated for the occasion, where the two leaders will take a walk after their dinner. Earlier PM Modi and Abe had met for 10 times including four crucial summit meetings. The train is expected to run at an average speed of 250 km per hour and a maximum speed of 320 km per hour, which is more than double the maximum speed of the fastest train in India. The Japanese PM Shinzo Abe visits India to boost ties between India and Japan.

On Thursday, Abe and Modi will attend the ground breaking ceremony for the ambitious Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project, commonly referred to as the Bullet Train project.

Massive preparations are being done for the grand welcome of the Japanese Prime Minister. A delegation-level talk will be held subsequently at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar, followed by an exchange of agreements and a joint address to the media.

Modi played a ideal host to Abe and the first lady at the terrace restaurant, a boutique heritage hotel in the old city.




Soon after their arrival at the airport today afternoon, PM Modi and the Abes would take part in an 8 km road show that would terminate at Sabarmati Ashram, where apostle of peace Mahatma Gandhi spent considerable part of his life.

Japan is pushing for over-the-counter sale of the US-2 aircraft produced by ShinMaywa Industries Ltd, which has a range of about 4,500 km and is suitable for search-and-rescue operations. "Outcomes are under discussions right now and it won't be proper for me to comment at this stage". Abe's last visit to the country was in 2015.

Mr Jaishankar also spoke about the Asia-Africa Pacific Growth Corridor project under which India and Japan propose to develop quality infrastructure in the Indo-Pacific region.

The Foundation stone for the bullet train project will be laid on September 14 at western Gujarat state on the Ahmedabad-Mumbai route. "The growing convergence of views between Japan and India has the capacity to drive Asia's economy and development and stimulate the global growth", he said. "Discussions are clearly to begin in depth.what kind of projects and what sectors.it will be in consultation with the stakeholders, with the concerned departments of government of India as well as the northeastern states". It is said that about 45 craftsmen worked with him. It has also been learned that a special Gujurati platter is being prepared for the Japanese Prime minister and his wife.

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