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Shinzo Abe's Indian itinerary: From road show to Gujarati thali

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Shinzo Abe and Narendra Modi

"We are thankful to the Japanese prime minister for selecting Gujarat for his visit to India", Gujarat chief secretary JN Singh said. I will be hosting him in Gujarat in our fourthannual summit together, " the PM wrote.

Later that day, both the premiers will hold the 12th India-Japan annual summit at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar. Prime Minister Modi had visited Japan in November a year ago while Abe visited India in December 2015. The two leaders will deliver statements to the media. And roadshow goes beyond things Gujarat.

Abe was presented a guard of honor at the airport, after which artistes performed the traditional Gujarati dance showcasing the state's rich cultural traditions.

After visiting the mosque, the Prime Minister will host dinner for Abe and his wife at House of MG in Ahmedabad. It is located across the road of Sidi Saiyyed Ni Jali, a monument which has become identity of Ahmedabad.

The Railway Minister said that the high-speed rail was envisioned by PM Modi to take Indian Railways towards "most modern technologies like developed countries". It's not clear that this will be $17 billion well spent: high-speed rail projects tend to turn into boondoggles, and that money might be better used repairing India's creaky network of existing railroads. The Japanese Prime Minister has come to India on a two-day visit to attend the India-Japan annual summit meeting.

With projected top speeds of up to 350 kilometres (217 miles) an hour - more than double the maximum speed offered by the fastest trains operating in India - it will reduce travel time between the two cities from eight hours to at most three-and-a-half hours. Out of the Rs 1,10,000 crore, Japan is giving a loan of Rs 88,000 crore. These are areas that India should be focusing on as these could be expanded under the "Make in India" initiative and build partnerships between Indian and Japanese small and medium size enterprises as well.

Given these security concerns and challenges, India and Japan have put in mechanisms to facilitate defence cooperation.

India has announced that it would work closely with Japan to promote connectivity, infrastructure and capacity-building in the regions that occupy the interlinked waters of the Indo-Pacific. "While Indian companies enjoy a large presence in Africa, Japanese companies possess advanced technologies".

The two countries have close security ties and hold regular joint military exercises.

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