Japanese PM comes calling, seeks stronger ties

Written by fe Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Dec 29 2011, 07:50am hrs
In a bid to strengthen bilateral ties with India, visiting Japanese prime minister Yoshihiko Noda on Wednesday said his country is looking at political, security and economic collaboration with India. India and Japan are stepping up cooperation in areas like political, security and economic fields, Noda said at a luncheon meeting with business bodies CII, Ficci and Assocham.

Acknowledging the importance of India as an important trade partner, Noda said comprehensive free trade agreement between the two countries will enhance the India-Japan economic relationship further. Welcoming Noda, commerce and industry minister Anand Sharma said India and Japan should work together as the world is facing uncertainty. Inviting the Japanese expertise, Sharma said specific sectors like, infrastructure, including ports and airports, food processing and agriculture would benefit Indian economy.