As Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed in Tokyo on Thursday, reports say that Japan has agreed to add reference to terrorism in the joint statement of both countries after he meets his counterpart Shinzo Abe on Friday. The civil nuclear deal is also likely to be signed between both countries during his three-day visit. It’s his fourth visit to Tokyo in last ten years. While being the chief minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi had visited the country two times in 2007 and 2012. “Reached Japan. Looking forward to fruitful deliberations that will boost economic and cultural ties between India and Japan,” he tweeted.
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 a a sort of remote concept.
While officials of both countries were still negotiating the joint document on Thursday, sources told the paper that it is likely to have references of not only Dhaka, but Uri and Pathankot attacks as well. According to an Indian official privy to the negotiations, while the visiting side want explicit references to Uri and Pathankot, Japanese side believed there were there ways to mention them. However, he said, that the condemnation of those who support cross-border terrorism is expected to figure in the statement.