PM Modi meets Shinzo Abe for 13th India-Japan Annual Summit
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in Yamanashi Sunday as the two leaders seek to add new vigor to the strong friendship between the two countries. Modi arrived in Japan last evening to attend the 13th India-Japan annual summit. The two-day summit beginning Sunday will seek to review the progress in ties and deepen strategic dimension of the bilateral relationship.
The PMO tweeted about their meeting
Lunch at Mt. Fuji, dinner at Abe's holiday home
Japanese PM Abe will host a luncheon for Modi at a scenic resort by Mt. Fuji. After the luncheon, they would visit a factory of industrial robot manufacturer Fanuc Corp. Abe will host Modi at his holiday home in the picturesque Yamanashi prefecture, west of Tokyo, for a private dinner Sunday following which both the leaders will travel to Tokyo by train.
Here are the issues that Modi and Abe will discuss
The two leaders will hold a formal summit Monday in Tokyo, during which strengthening bilateral security and economic cooperation are expected to be high on the agenda. Modi will engage with Abe on the defense and regional security issues. Besides bilateral issues, the two leaders are expected to deliberate on a range of regional and global issues including the situation in the Indo-Pacific region.
Integration between India and Japan's medicare initiatives
India is also hoping to have some kind of synergy or integration between Modi's Ayushman Bharat scheme, which is the largest Medicare programme of its kind globally, and the Japanese programme which is called Asia Health and Wellbeing Initiative.
Japan at the forefront of engaging in our national-initiatives: Modi
Prime Minister Modi has said projects such as Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail and Dedicated Freight Corridors reflected the high level and "strength of our economic engagement". "Japan is also at the forefront of engaging in our national initiatives, such as 'Make in India', 'Skill India', 'Digital India', 'Start-Up India'... Japanese investors have faith in India's economic future, which is marked with myriad opportunities," Modi said.