1. Japan visit: PM Narendra Modi to spend quality time in high-speed train with counterpart Shinzo Abe

Japan visit: PM Narendra Modi to spend quality time in high-speed train with counterpart Shinzo Abe

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe will travel from Tokyo to Kobe in three hours by Shinkansen, the high-speed train on Saturday.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: November 11, 2016 7:49 AM
train2 When Shinzo Abe was in India late last year, he along with Narendra Modi had visited Varansai in an aircraft, which gave them a chance to hold discussions on a wide range of ossues in the flight. (PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe will travel from Tokyo to Kobe in three hours by Shinkansen, the high-speed train on Saturday. The distance between both cities is about 530 km. When Shinzo Abe was in India late last year, he along with Narendra Modi had visited Varansai in an aircraft, which gave them a chance to hold discussions on a wide range of ossues in the flight.

Reports suggest that Shinzo Abe wanted similar exercise where both leaders can talk freely, without being have to bother about officials or time constraints. This has led to three-hour journey by the high-speed train, from Tokyo to Kobe, which will give bothe leaders a chance to discuss on bilateral and regional issues in a more relaxed atmosphere. ‘The Indian Express’ has quoted an official as saying.

Japanese officials said that Shinzo Abe liked the idea of their travelling together very much. He had also wanted to showcase one of the commercial hubs in the country to his Indian counterpart. Because of this, a visit to Kawasaki Heavy Industries facility in Kobe has been organised where high speed trains are manufactured. As per the report, a consent was also taken from the Prime Minister’s office.

Officials said they were aware that China was keenly watching the meeting between both prime ministers and possible reference of South China sea issue. Both sides maintained that the meeting and the summit is not directed to any third country.

“This meeting and the summit is not directed at any third country,” officials from both Indian and Japanese side maintained.

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