Japanese investment plans in NE may come up in Modi-Abe talks

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Abe will arrive in Gandhinagar on Wednesday on a two-day India visit during which he and Modi will hold the 12th India-Japan annual summit Gandhinagar.

After visiting the Sabarmati Ashram, where Mahatma Gandhi lived between 1917 and 1930, both the leaders would take a break till evening, said Patel.

- At the invitation of PM Modi, Japan PM Shinzo Abe will undertake an official visit to India on September 13 and 14, 2017.

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. They would visit the iconic 16th century mosque in the old city, Sidi Saiyad Mosque, known for its window filigree work synonymous with Ahmedabad.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is enjoying a surge in approval ratings, following North Korea's missile provocations and sixth nuclear test, according to local newspapers. North Korea undoubtedly has become the cause of the most severe migraine that Japan has had since the U.S. started providing a security umbrella after the end of the Second World War 72 years ago.

The high-speed train will also pass through the country's biggest tunnel measuring 21 kilometres, of which seven kilometres will be under the sea.

The Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed rail project is a key project of the NDA government that is expected to reduce the travel time between two cities by almost five hours. According to sources, the Railways has planned to run two types of bullet trains on the basis of their speed. 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. It is also expected Japan will increase its investment into Gujarat from present $1 billion to $3 billion. Abe's schedule in India showcases the "impressive expansion and deepening of our partnership with Japan across a wide spectrum of agenda and also shows Japan's increasing engagement in India's infrastructure development and some of India's flagship initiatives such as Make in India and Skill India", Verma said.

Last November, a joint statement was issued after the India-Japan dialogue where the two premiers expressed their strong commitment to work together to enhance connectivity, besides welcoming the progress of the projects to improve road connectivity in northeastern India.

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