1. PM Narendra Modi meets Japanese King Akihito, discusses common bonds between both countries

PM Narendra Modi meets Japanese King Akihito, discusses common bonds between both countries

The prime minister is also scheduled to meet his counterpart Shinzo Abe later in the day.

By: | New Delhi | Published: November 11, 2016 8:51 AM
During the meeting both discussed range of issues including common bonds between both countries and the future of Asia. During the meeting both discussed range of issues including common bonds between both countries and the future of Asia.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Japanese King Akihito on Friday morning. During the meeting both discussed range of issues including common bonds between both countries and the future of Asia. Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko had visited India in 2013 on a seven day visit. During the visit the emperor had said that the couples earlier visit more than half a century ago had left a lasting impression of the country on them.

The prime minister is also scheduled to meet his counterpart Shinzo Abe later in the day, after which joint statement will be issued. As per reports both countries are also likely to sign a nuclear pact. The statement may also include reference to terrorism. A top Japanese official while speaking to ‘The Indian Express’ said that the terrorism which was an outlier subject in Japan’s national discourse, was brought closer home in July, when seven countrymen were killed in a terrorist attack in Dhaka’s Holey Artisan Bakery. As one victim among them was pregnant had an emotional impact on the people of the country. The incident had made the government and common people in the country much more sensitive towards the terrorism menace, which was till then  sort of remote concept.

The statement will not only include Dhaka incident, but also Uri and Pathankot terror attacks as well. On Saturday, Modi and Abe will travel from Tokyo to Kobe in three hours by Shinkansen, the high-speed train. 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 issues in the flight.

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