Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make an official visit to Japan on November 11 and 12 to hold the annual bilateral summit with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, ministry of external affairs said on Friday. In the two-day visit, the Japanese Emperor Akihito will also have an audience with Modi, the ministry said. It is the second visit of Modi to Japan since becoming Prime Minister.
According to Nikkei Asian Review, the two leaders are likely to discuss defense cooperation, which includes joint maritime exercises between Japan, India and the United States, and agree on the importance of the rule of law at sea in light of China’s expansionary activities in the East and South China seas and the Indian Ocean. It quoted Japan’s Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Koichi Hagiuda saying they expect visit of Modi “to advance the special strategic global partnership befitting a new era for Japan-India” and hoped it would further deepen the bonds and cooperative relationship between these countries.
It is to be mentioned here that during Shinzo Abe’s visit to India last year, New Delhi and Tokyo agreed to have a civil nuclear agreement once technical details were finalised.