PM Modi to begin 2-day visit to Japan on October 28

PM Modi to begin 2-day visit to Japan on October 28

Courtesy : Nationalist Bureau28/10/2018 09:37

Modi, his Japanese counterpart Abe to hold discussions on a host of issues including defence, regional security.

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be on a two-day visit to Japan from October 28 to take part in an annual summit between the two nations and he will also engage with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on a range of issues including defence and regional security.

This will be the 13th annual summit and the fifth one to be attended by PM Modi, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale told reporters.

"Regional security will be another topic. We presume that given the interest Japan has in issues related to the Korean peninsula and the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea), this matter will be discussed. We will certainly raise our concerns over terrorism and other trans-border crimes which are of importance to us," he said.

According to the foreign secretary, is also hoping to have some kind of synergy or integration between the Ayushman Bharat scheme, which is touted as the largest health insurance programme of its kind globally, and the Japanese programmes -- Asia Health and Wellbeing Initiative.

"How we dovetail this and how we leverage Japan's strength in certain areas including medical equipment, hospitals and others are things the two leaders can explore," Mr Gokhale said.

Abe To Host PM Modi At His Holiday Home

In a special gesture, the Indian prime minister will be hosted by his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe for a private dinner at his holiday home in the picturesque Yamanashi prefecture on October 28. This perhaps the first such reception being extended to a foreign leader.

Gokhale said after the private dinner, Abe and Modi will travel to Tokyo by train.

Yamanashi, around 110 km from Tokyo, is surrounded by several mountains including the country's tallest peak Mount Fuji.

"This is very special gesture Prime Minister Abe is making. We believe this is the first time a foreign leader is visiting PM Abe's holiday home," Gokhale said.

The two leaders are then scheduled to visit a company which is the leading manufacturer of factory automation.


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