#ModiAbeMeet: When ‘Konnichiwa’ meets ‘Kem Cho’

India’s Prime-Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are to sit down for the formal talks after a day filled with gestures of friendship and bonhomie underlining the warmth in ties between India & Japan. So, both countries PM discussed the ways to strengthen the India-Japan partnership both in bilateral context and beyond.
‘Konnichiwa’ a Japanese word, a way of ‘greeting someone’ or saying ‘have a good day’ where ‘Kem Cho’ is a Gujarati word which means ‘How Are You’. So both the PM’s greet each other with the same gesture which seems to be delightful.
On Thursday 14th September 2017, both the PM’s have launched the 508-km high-speed Bullet Train Project Cost 1.1 Lakh Crores rupees in Railway corridor from Sabarmati station near Ahmedabad. The high-speed bullet train project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai is expected to be completed by 2022. PM Modi accompanies Shinzo Abe to Dandi Kutir in Gandhinagar. PM Modi is taking his Japanese friend through the life and teaching of Mahatma Gandhi.
Indian Prime Minister said, “No country can grow unless it has a dream or a goal. Unless it takes a step towards achieving that. Today, India has taken a big step in that direction.” Adding further he congratulated “all 125 crore people of India” on the inauguration of the country’s first bullet train.

On 13th September 2017, Japan’s PM and PM Modi witness playing ‘Jal Tarang’ in Ahmedabad. The Prime Ministers visited the historic Sidi Saiyyed Mosque which was built in 1573 under the regime of the last Sultanate of Gujarat. The Japanese Pm is on a two-day visit to India and so the twin cities of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar are enlightened with fluorescent lights and hoardings.

Japanese PM on India’s visit says “India is tremendously special to Japan. Today I will try to begin for the visit for the fourth time as Japan’s Prime Minister Modi’s home state of Gujarat.” Japanese Prime Minister added by praising “There I will hold my 10th Japan-India Summit meeting with Prime-Minister Modi, and I am looking forward to further advancing the “new era in Japan-India relations”.

India is poisoned to become the first to import the iconic ‘Shinkansen’ bullet-train technology after Japan’s near-neighbor Taiwan. The Japanese government has also agreed to fund almost around $17 billion needed for the project which will give a profound look to the robust bond between these two nations.

By: Aviral Nigam

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