In his efforts to add more warmth in the relations between the two nations, Modi has even started tweeting in the Japanese language.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would reach Kyoto to receive his ‘special guest’ Modi. During this visit, expectations are soaring high that the recent slump in the business ties between Asian powerhouses would be checked.

Discussions on a variety of topics and issues will take place between the two nations during Modi’s visit. From bullet train to strategic issues like ShinMaywa US-2 purchase and nuclear deal are expected to be discussed during the trip.

PM’s Japan visit aimed at strengthening strategic ties between the two Asian giants
Modi tweeting in the Japanese language to add warmth in relations
PM Modi has high expectations from Japan visit
Modi would try to rope in Japan’s technical expertise to boost India’s infrastructural growth
MEA says talks of cooperation between Varanasi and Kyoto already on the table
Modi will meet the Governor and Mayor of Kyoto
Several Indian corporate magnates to accompany Modi to Japan
Both India, Japan to bring bilateral trade relations back on track
Modi not to pay visit to Renkōji Temple
Atal Bihari Vajpayee last Indian PM to visit Renkōji Temple
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s ashes kept at Renkōji Temple

Apart from these, Modi would also try to rope in Japan’s technical expertise in taking forward India’s growth in the infrastructure sector and also help in his ambitious schemes like the ‘Swach Bharat Mission’.

While doling out information about Modi’s five-day visit to the ‘land of the rising sun’, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that the Prime Minister has immense expectations from this visit and he is hopeful that several landmark decisions in the context of bilateral relations would be taken.

Banaras to be developed on the lines of Kyoto

Modi will start his Japan visit from Kyoto which was added to the PM’s schedule later on.

According to the MEA, the city of Kyoto is a shining example of rich cultural heritage seamlessly meshed up with technologically-advanced urban facilities. Modi would try to seek support from Kyoto for his audacious smart city scheme.

Talks of cooperation between Varanasi and Kyoto are already on the table, according to the MEA Spokesperson.

Modi will meet the Governor and Mayor of Kyoto on August 30 and will hold discussions with them over these issues.

The prosperous and culturally rich Kyoto brims with eco-friendly and advanced urban facilities. Modi has already visited Kyoto once in 2007 as the Chief Minister of Gujarat.

From August 1 to 3, Modi will be in Tokyo where he will hold summit talks with the Japanese emperor Akihito and Prime Minister Abe. Modi will also hold meetings with other Japanese political leaders.

Several Indian corporate magnates would also be a part of the delegation that would visit Japan alongside Modi. He will also meet several Japanese corporate giants during his visit.

Both sides would try to bring back on track the bilateral trade relations, which has fallen down in last 11 years, between the two nations.

Modi not to visit Renkōji Temple

Modi will be staying for five days in Japan but he would not pay a visit to the Renkōji Temple unlike former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

It is important to note that Indian freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s ashes had been kept at the Renkōji Temple.

When Vajpayee had visited the famous temple back in 2001 during his visit, Mukherjee Commission’s report over Netaji Subash Chandra Bose’s death had not been tabled.

The findings of Mukherjee Commission’s report, which was tabled in May 2006 in the Parliament, had rejected the normally accepted theory that Netaji Subash Chandra Bose died in Taipei plane disaster.

Despite the Indian government rejecting the findings of Mukherjee Commission, former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh did not visit the Renkōji Temple on the subsequent trips to Japan.

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