Shinzo Abe's Gujarat visit: Of a packed Thursday, and a thaali dinner

Narendra Modi visits Sidi Saiyyed Mosque

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe at Sidi Saiyyed Mosque in Ahmedabad on Wednesday

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who arrived in India on a two-day tour, made roadshows in an open jeep in Ahmedabad.

Gujarat is also setting up a second Japanese Industrial Park as Modi's home state decks up to host PM Shinzo Abe. "I will be hosting him in Gujarat in our fourth annual summit together", Modi tweeted Wednesday in English as well as in Japanese.

Senior government officials said Japan is increasingly becoming importance for Gujarat and India as a strategic economic partner as Japan has led FDI growth in Gujarat in recent years.

The train will reduce the travel time between the two cities from eight to three-3.5 hours, and is expected to complete by December 2023. This train is based on Japanese high-speed technology called Shinkansen, known for its safety and comfort. During that visit, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe flew down to Kyoto to offer a warm welcome to our prime minister. Interestingly Sarabhai also informed that Abe and his wife had left a note saying "love" and "thank you" before signing off with their names in the visitor's book at the Ashram.

The two leaders last met in July on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe will participate in the ground-breaking ceremony of the ambitious Rs 1.08 lakh crore ($17 billion) Ahmedabad-Mumbai high-speed rail project at the Western Railway Athletic Stadium near Sabarmati railway station on Thursday. The two leaders will also visit Dandi Kutir, the museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, at the Mahatma Mandir.

First though, the two leaders will take part in a cultural roadshow-a pageantry running 8km from Ahmedabad airport to Sabarmati Ashram. It was in 2006 that India and Japan agreed to hold annual summits between the prime ministers of the two countries.

According to sources, India is all set to buy the USA 2i amphibious aircraft ShinMayWa from Japan in a record deal of 1.3 billion dollars, ironing out the differences over price, the two nations had. The city has been decked up for his welcome, where he will lay the founding stone of the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project along with his Indian counterpart. According to the reports, Japan will be providing 80 percent of the project cost as a loan to India.

Mr Jaishankar also spoke about the Asia-Africa Pacific Growth Corridor project under which India and Japan propose to develop quality infrastructure in the Indo-Pacific region.

Modi and Abe would then have dinner at "Agashiye" restaurant located near the mosque, Patel added.

Prime Minister Modi and his Japanese counterpart Abe have taken India-Japan relationship to a new height.

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