"We have seen how Gujarat progressed under your strong leadership. I am confident that he will use his skills at the national level also," said Chairman of Japanese Business Chamber Akio Mimura.

"We have got confidence that under your robust and strong leadership, India and Japan will develop their relations to truly reflect the kind of closeness," he said in his thanksgiving address after Modi's speech to business leaders of India and Japan.

Mimura said his chamber has the membership of 1.26 million with SMES forming the major component.

Japanese SMES are eagerly waiting to do work with Indian counterparts, he said.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited Japanese business leaders to join India's developmental efforts with a promise of non-discriminatory and speedy clearances and announced setting up of a Special Management Team under PMO to facilitate business from Japan.

Addressing top business leaders of Japan and India here, Modi flagged the recent decisions to liberalise FDI policy in the railways, defence and insurance and said rules and laws are being changed in India which would show results in the near future.

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Modi, who has enjoyed immense reputation in Japan as then Gujarat Chief Minister in terms of ensuring the state's progress, said India wants to emulate Japan in terms of quality, zero defect and delivery systems while carrying out skill development.

He underlined the need for closer and deeper cooperation between Japan and India to champion the cause of global ‘vikas vaad (development) instead of vistar vaad (expansionism)’.

"We have to decide if we want to have 'vikas vaad' or 'vistar vaad' which leads to disintegration. Those who follow the path of Buddha and have faith on 'vikas vaad', they develop. But we see, those having ideas of the 18th century, engage in encroachments and enter seas (of others)," he said in comments that may be seen as targeting China which is having conflict over South China Sea with some neighbouring countries


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While wooing Japanese businesses, Modi cited the latest growth figures of 5.7 per cent in the first quarter of this financial year and suggested that the phase of disappointment was over.

"See the work done in 100 days of my government. Earlier, the GDP used to hover around 5-5.4 percent and led to an environment of disappointment...But in the first quarter of our government, there has been a growth of 5.7 percent. It is a big jump. Now there is renewed hope," he said.

Targeting the previous Manmohan Singh government, he said the situation was bad for one decade. He specifically mentioned the UPA government's 'Go, No-Go' policy with regard to environmental clearances and said it would put anybody in a "dilemma" with regard to taking any decision.

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He said India, after 30 years, has a government with full majority, which puts increased responsibility on the government to deliver as 125 crore people of the country have an urge to see the quality of life change.

Inviting Japanese businesses, particularly to infrastructure and clean energy sectors, the Prime Minister asked them to keep in mind the Gujarat experience.

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He promised single-window clearances, speedy decision- making which is non-discriminatory in nature.

He said two representatives of Japanese business can be part of an Indian team which decides on business proposals. They can be permanently part of this decision making.

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Asserting that good governance is his priority, the Prime Minister said single window-clearances is a significant part of it as he realizes the importance of easing business, simplifying procedures, quickening processes and using technology.

"I understand well the importance of coordination between government and industry," he said while noting that he wants to replicate the experiments he made in Gujarat at the national level.

"I have decided a Japan-plus Special Management Team directly under the PMO to absolutely facilitate proposals from Japan. I also propose that you nominate two people from Japan who would be made part of a team which looks into business proposals and they can be permanently part of our decision- making," he said.

"The results of initiatives taken in the first 100 days of my government are clearly visible," he said.

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He talked about the ‘bold’ decision to allow 100 percent FDI in railways and the ‘significant’ decisions of raising the cap of FDI from 26 percent 49 percent in defence and insurance.

He said results of these decisions will be visible soon.

"To make the PMO more efficient, we have started Japanese Management System. Training is already underway under the Kaizen system (of management)," Modi said, adding this was to bring the Japanese efficiency, at least in his PMO.

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He talked about some of the quick decisions taken after he became the Prime Minister, like clearance to setting up of Japanese bank in Ahmedabad and completion of rare earth materials agreement.

"Being a Gujarati, commerce is in my blood. Businesses do not need concessions. They only need the environment to grow. It is the responsibility of the government and the leader to frame policy so that things start to move. If policy decisions are in place, there can be no discrimination and all get equal treatment," Modi said.

Pitching for closer cooperation between India and Japan, he said it was fortunate thing to happen that in both countries, governments have been elected with full majority.

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