Modi holds informal talks with Abe; visits factory

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 Oct 2018 09:12:03


 

YAMANASHI,

Modi visited the FANUC Corporation, one of the largest makers of industrial robots in the world. He witnessed the assembling of a motor by a robot in 40 secondsModi, Abe will hold a formal summit today in Tokyo

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe held informal talks at a picturesque resort near Mount Fuji and visited a factory of industrial robot manufacturer on Sunday as they spent about eight hours together on the first-day of a two-day summit.
Modi, who arrived in Japan last evening to attend the 13th India-Japan annual summit, has said the partnership between the two countries has been fundamentally transformed and it has been strengthened as a ‘special strategic and global partnership’.


The two-day summit beginning on Sunday will seek to review the progress in ties and deepen strategic dimension of the bilateral relationship. Modi was affectionately received by Abe on his arrival at the Hotel Mount Fuji in the scenic Yamanashi prefecture, west of Tokyo. “Delighted to meet PM @AbeShinzo in the picturesque prefecture of Yamanashi,” Modi tweeted. The two leaders took a stroll in the garden following which Abe hosted a luncheon for Modi at the scenic resort by Mount Fuji.


After luncheon, both Prime Ministers visited the FANUC industrial facility, which specialises in automation.
“Taking our cooperation to modern and advanced technologies. PM @narendramodi and PM @AbeShinzo visited the FANUC Corporation, one of the largest makers of industrial robots in the world in #Yamanashi, and toured the robotics and automation facilities,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.
Prime Minister Modi was briefed on the various robotic and automation capabilities of FANUC, Ministry of External Affairs officials said.


Both the leaders observed several illustrations of the working of industrial robots. At the motor assembly facility, they witnessed the assembling of a motor by a robot in 40 seconds, officials added. FANUC contributes to the manufacturing industry in Japan and other countries, including India, by promoting automation and efficiency in manufacturing. Later in the evening, Abe in a special gesture hosted Modi at his personal villa near Lake Kawaguchi in Yamanashi for a private dinner.


It is the first time that Abe has invited a foreign political leader to his holiday home in the village of Narusawa in the prefecture. “Extremely grateful to PM @AbeShinzo for the warm reception at his home. I am truly honoured by this gesture. PM Abe also taught me the Japanese way of eating food using chopsticks!” Modi tweeted.


In September last year, Modi had hosted Abe in his home state of Gujarat. “Tete-a-tete in front of a fireplace. Japanese PM @AbeShinzo hosted PM @narendramodi at his
personal villa near Lake Kawaguchi in #Yamanashi. PM Modi is the first foreign leader to be invited to the villa,” Kumar tweeted. After the dinner, the two leaders left for Tokyo by train. The two Prime Ministers spent about eight hours together, MEA officials said.


Yamanashi, at a distance of around 110 kilometres from Tokyo, is surrounded by several mountains including Mount Fuji - the country’s tallest peak at around 3,776 metres.
They will hold a formal summit on Monday in Tokyo, during which strengthening bilateral security and economic cooperation is expected to be high on the agenda.
Ahead of his departure from New Delhi, Modi described India and Japan as a “winning combination” and said the island nation was New Delhi’s most trusted partner in its economic and technological modernisation.


Modi said it will be his 12th meeting with Abe since he first visited Japan as Prime Minister in September 2014.
“The India-Japan partnership has been fundamentally transformed and it has been strengthened as a ‘special strategic and global partnership’,” Modi told the Kyodo News Friday. “There are no negatives but only opportunities in this relationship which are waiting to be seized,” he added.

 

To be a ‘friend of India for life’: Abe


TOKYO,

JAPANESE Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday said that he will be a “friend of India for life” as he and Prime Minister Narendra Modi began two days of summit talks to further deepen the Japan-India strategic partnership.  In a message published in Indian newspapers on the day Abe hosted Modi at his holiday home in the picturesque Yamanashi prefecture, west of Tokyo, he recalled  that the first Japanese Prime Minister to visit India was his grandfather Nobusuke Kishi in 1957.


“At the time when Japan was not so wealthy, Prime Minister (Jawaharlal) Nehru introduced Prime Minister Kishi in front of thousands of people as the Japanese Prime Minister whom he respects,” Abe noted. Describing Prime Minister Modi as “one of my most dependable and valuable friends,” Abe said he would be greatly pleased if his guest is impressed the same way as he was in Ahmedabad.”
Following Prime Minister Kishi’s visit to India in 1957, yen loans to the country began in 1958. Abe, who was elected Prime Minister for the first time in 2006, comes from a politically prominent family.


“Engraving the history in my heart, I have devoted myself to nurturing this friendship with India,” Abe said in his article. He recalled that when he visited India in 2007, he was honoured to deliver a speech in the Parliament of India, the largest democratic country in the world. He said that he spoke of the “confluence of the two seas” in his speech which would lead to the vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific. When he visited Ahmedabad, Prime Minister Modi’s home State, Gujarat, in September last year, the Japanese premier said he received an “overwhelmingly warm welcome” by the people of India.


“Immersed in the strong impression and thinking of my grandfather’s visit to India, I swore that I would remain a friend of India for life,” the 64-year-old leader of the Liberal Democratic Party said in the letter. Prime Minister Modi, who arrived in Tokyo on Saturday evening to attend the 13th India-Japan annual summit, has said that his meeting with Abe will add new vigour to the strong friendship between the two countries. The two-day summit beginning on Sunday will seek to review the progress in ties and deepen strategic dimension of the bilateral relationship. On his part, Prime Minister Abe said the annual mutual visits by the leaders of Japan and India are an “active driving force” for the advancement of Japan-India bilateral relations.