1. Japan visit: PM Narendra Modi rides on Shinkansen bullet train with counterpart Shinzo Abe

Japan visit: PM Narendra Modi rides on Shinkansen bullet train with counterpart Shinzo Abe

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, accompanied by his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe travelled to Kobe in Shinkansen, the famouss superfast bullet train of the countr

By: | New Delhi | Published: November 12, 2016 8:04 AM
Both prime ministers boarded the train with their respective delegations from Tokyo. Both prime ministers boarded the train with their respective delegations from Tokyo.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, accompanied by his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe travelled to Kobe in Shinkansen, the famous superfast bullet train of the country, whose speed ranges from 240 kms per hour to 320 kms per hour. “On the way to Kobe with PM @AbeShinzo. We are on board the Shinkansen bullet train,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted along with photos of him in conversation with his Japanese counterpart.

Both prime ministers boarded the train with their respective delegations from Tokyo and after arriving in Kobe, they will be in Kawasaki Heavy Industries facility, where high-speed trains are manufactured.

During the joint statement on Friday, Shinzo Abe had said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will himself see that the Shinkansen train’s technology is the safest in the world.

One of the most important features of the superfast train is that for most of its journey, the train does make contact with the ground, but hovers few centimetres above as it’s run hrough the air with electrically-charged magnets on both side of the track. Just like in flights, its wheels go up when it gets good amount of speed.

On Friday, both leaders signed he Civil Nuclear Deal between India and Japan. PM Narendra Modi, after signing the deal said, “Our strategic partnership is not only for the good & security of our own societies. It also brings peace, stability & balance to region.” PM Modi added, “I wish to thank Prime Minister Abe for the support extended for India’s membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group.”

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