New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to visit Japan from October 28-29 to hold the annual India-Japan summit with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe. During the visit, PM Modi will be hosted by Abe for a private dinner at his holiday home in the picturesque Yamanashi prefecture on October 28, perhaps the first such reception being extended to a foreign leader.
Speaking to reporters on Modi’s visit, foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale said Abe will take his Indian counterpart to his personal home in Yamanashi for a private dinner on Sunday following which both the leaders will travel to Tokyo by train. “This is very special gesture PM Abe is making. We believe this is the first time a foreign leader is visiting PM Abe’s holiday home,” Gokhale said, referring to the dinner for Modi.
Yamanashi, at a distance of around 110 KM from Tokyo, is surrounded by several mountains including Mount Fuji — the country’s tallest peak at around 3,776 metres.
Here’s the complete schedule:
In the afternoon of Sunday, Abe will host an informal lunch for Modi at a hotel, with view of Mount Fuji, and both the leaders will take a stroll at the grounds of the hotel. Then they will visit a company which is a leading manufacturer of factory automation, Gokhale said, adding Abe has taken personal interests in working out the programme for Modi’s visit.
On Monday morning, the prime minister will address the Indian community in Tokyo. A number of Japanese leaders including Foreign Minister Taro Kono will also call on the prime minister.
Later in the day, Modi and Abe will hold wide-ranging talks with a focus on bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual concerns which will include exploring ways to deepen cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, boosting defence and security ties and undertaking infrastructure projects in Asia and Africa in a trilateral framework.
“It goes without saying that Indo-Pacific will be major topic for discussion between both the leaders,” said the foreign secretary.
The focus of the visit will be to further expand cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, carry out joint infrastructure projects in third countries and further boost ties key sectors like defence and trade.
Furthermore, Gokhale added that the Prime Minister will participate in a series of business events which will include meeting with top executives of Japanese venture capital companies and attending launch of a grand start-up challenge, a new programme which encourages Indian and Japanese startups.
Modi will also meet the India-Japan business leaders’ forum and address the honchos of top companies. “The visit is characterised both by the special strategic and global partnership that we established with Japan and by the personal relationship the prime minister has evolved with his counterpart PM Abe of Japan,” said Gokhale.
Abe will host a state banquet in honour of PM Modi. The prime minster will leave for India after the banquet.
(With inputs from agencies)