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PM Modi in Tokyo: An expert analysis of crucial issues in the list of discussion with Japanese PM Abe
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reached Tokyo today after visiting Kyoto and getting signed a pact between the two nations which will help in development of India's religious and cultural capital Varanasi on the lines of Kyoto.

Ahead of his tour Narendra Modi in a series of tweets had termed the Japan visit a very important one in terms of bilateral relations between both the countries. Modi had said that this visit will take India-Japan relations to a new level.

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe while replying to Modi tweets with an equal warmth had said that India had a special place in his heart and he was eagerly waiting for Modi's arrival in Japan.

The Japanese PM had said that the visit by Narendra Modi would add a new chapter to the strategic partnership between the two nations.

Abe Shinzo Tweet

Shinzo Abe in another tweet directed to PM Modi had said that Japan and India together could do a lot for peace and prosperity in the world.

Modi Abe Tweet

The tweets above no doubt proves that both the nations are giving equal importance to this bilateral meeting.

The key issues that could be in the list of discussion between Modi and Abe are civil nuclear cooperation,sale of an amphibious aircraft to the Indian navy, investment in Modi's ambitious bullet train project on Mumbai-Ahmedabad route. Both the governments are hopeful of many key outcomes from this visit.

Naresh Chandra, a former Ambassador to the US while talking to at length did the analysis of the possible outcome of the Modi's Japan visit.

Naresh Chandra said, "What everyone is watching is that PM is making right statements. He is saying he is not against FDI, he is not against companies making things in India, which we are importing. So he is not only saying made in India but he is telling foreign investors to make it in India. He wants to reduce the import dependence in defence production."

He added that to attract Japanese investors, the Indian delegation-led by PM Modi has to assure them that they won't be facing any trouble in India in doing business.

"The outcome depends on the amount of assurances we give about the ease of doing business in India. Opportunities are known and Japanese have the capital. But they also have a very bad experience that getting the job done in India is very difficult. All the investors listen very carefully but they will only come and invest here in India if they are convinced that this time they (India) really mean business. And we won't harass businesses on the prospective tax and uncertain regulations. So the delegation needs to assure them of this," said Chandra.

Unites States may be also keeping an eye on the outcome of this visit as it is concerned about China's growing economic and military clout. So the US will be very happy if India and Japan shares a much more closer relationship than they are sharing presently. On this Chandra has to say that if India and Japan comes together then they tackle any pressure from Chinese side in future.

"The only thing which worries people about China is that if they become every strong then they try to force their point of view regarding territory, or the control over water, on the neighboring countries. So people want to settle to the new reality and have a friendly cooperative attachments. That is today's situation. So if Japan and India come together and have better understanding they can face any future pressure from the Chinese. But you know there is not going to be any military conflict or anything. In media discussions things go highly dramatized as if we are going to be at each others throat. It's something that neither Chinese or Japanese or Indians want," added Chandra.

On the lines New Delhi's civil nuclear agreement with the US, India is hoping to win Japanese backing for a nuclear energy pact and lure investment into its $85 billion market. However, the Japanese for this to happen India needs to first address Japan's concern about nuclear proliferation. It is expected that PM Modi would do his best to allay the fears Japan.

On this possibility of India and Japan reaching out to any conclusion on civil nuclear agreement, Chandra said, "It will be something quite possible for India and Japan to come together. Today their laws and policies do not permit of cooperation. So we can try diplomatically to ease the door open at it.

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