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Post Modi - Abe meeting, both the nations call it dawn of a new era in their relations
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe held meeting today in Tokyo, on the third day of Modi's visit to the second largest Asian economy. Both the nations called it dawn of a new era in India - Japan relations while elevating the relationship to a Special Strategic and Global Partnership.

Japanese PM promised an investment of $35 bn into India in the next five years during his meeting with the Indian PM. Narendra Modi thanked Shinzo Abe for committing record investments in the coming years.

Modi said that Indo-Japan relations are not confined to economic cooperation, but it is comprehensive and broad-based. Both the countries agreed today to intensify their political dialogue and cooperation.

"We intend to give a new thrust and direction to our defence cooperation, including collaboration in defence technology and equipment, given our shared interest in peace and stability and maritime security," said PM Modi while addressing a joint press conference.

PMs of both the countries also decided to conclude negotiations on civil nuclear cooperation as early as possible.

"In recent months, we have made significant progress in our negotiations on civil nuclear cooperation. Today, we have discussed this issue at length. We have reached better understanding of each other's positions through this discussion. We have agreed to instruct our negotiators to work expeditiously to conclude the negotiations at an early date so that we can further strengthen our strategic partnership," said PM Modi.

Modi's ambitious project of running bullet train on Mumbai-Ahmedabad route also got a push with Japan promising its financial, technical and operational support to the project.

Prime Minister Abe expressed his hope that India could introduce Shinkansen system for the Ahmedabad- Mumbai route. Prime Minister Abe expressed his readiness to provide financial, technical and operational support to introduce Shinkansen system, for which Prime Minister Modi expressed his appreciation.

India and Japan recognized the enormous future potential for transfer and collaborative projects in defence equipment and technology between the two countries. They welcomed progress made in discussions in the Joint Working Group on cooperation in US-2 amphibian aircraft and its technology, and directed their officials to accelerate their discussions.

India and Japan decided to intensify cooperation on non-proliferation, UN reforms, space security, cyber security and in regional forums of this region, such as East Asia Summit.

Today the officials from both the sides inked pacts on health, roads, clean energy and women's development in the presence of PM Modi and PM Abe. Earlier on the very first day of Modi's visit India and Japan have signed agreement under which Japan will cooperate to develop cultural and religious city of India, Varanasi on the line of ancient Japanese city Kyoto.

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