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Shinzo Abe shares a special rapport with Modi, have a look at the Abe-Modi bromance

By: Divya Thearia

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July 8, 2022 (New Delhi): Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is no more. He was shot dead by an assailant on Friday during an election program in Nara town. The whole world is shocked by this attack on Abe. Shinzo Abe is one of the few foreign politicians who have excellent chemistry with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Modi and Abe’s friendship has been making headlines in world politics. Japanese investment has always been a major contributor to the Indian economy, but under the leadership of Abe and Modi, the relationship between the two countries achieved a historic milestone, it would not be wrong to say, so have a look at Abe- Modi bromance:

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1.It was due to the mutual chemistry of the two politicians that since the NDA came to power in 2014, under the leadership of Modi and Abe, the relations between the two countries on many important economic and strategic issues have strengthened. If seen, there are many similarities between Modi and Abe. For example, both the leaders with soft nationalism image came to the government with a powerful mandate and are known for taking important decisions on various issues including development. The economic models of these leaders, who emphasize on economy and development, have been named ‘Modinomics’ and ‘Abenomics’.

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2. Abe was one of the few global leaders who congratulated Modi for his mammoth victory in 2014, when the counting of votes was not even complete. There was a time when Shinzo Abe followed only 3 people on Twitter including Modi. Now this number has increased to 23. Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and former US President Barack Obama are also included in these list. It is said that Modi was a fan of Shinzo Abe’s policies since he was the CM of Gujarat before becoming the PM. Both the leaders have great respect for each other. Abe has also described Modi as an outstanding leader.


3. When Modi went to Japan in 2014, Shinzo Abe broke protocol and arrived in Kyoto to receive Modi. The whole world was shocked by such hospitality to a foreign leader of Japan. In 2018, when Modi went to Japan to attend a two-day summit, Abe received Modi at his holiday home. Praising the strong relations between India and Japan, Abe had said, “I will be a friend of India for the rest of my life.” Abe had also termed Modi as the most dependable friend.When Abe left power in 2020 citing health reasons, PM Modi also gave an emotional farewell to Abe by addressing him as My Dear Friend. He expressed grief over Abe’s health and gave credit for the strong ties between the two countries.

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4. Modi also hosted a wonderful
When Abe came to India in 2015, he accompanied Modi to Varanasi and attended the Ganga Aarti. The pictures of the two prime ministers, who attended a religious program, had made a lot of headlines. At the same time, when Abe came to Ahmedabad in 2017, PM Narendra Modi hosted him brilliantly. The foundation was to be laid for India’s first bullet train project and Abe had come with his wife. Abe and his wife also took part in a roadshow in Ahmedabad in an open jeep.

5. Abe’s old relationship with India
Shinzo Abe was the Japanese PM to visit India most often. When Abe came to India during his first term in 2007, he addressed Parliament. His speech ‘Confluence of Two Seas’ given in Parliament later became very famous. After this, he also toured India in 2014, 2015 and 2017. He was the first Japanese PM to be the chief guest at the Republic Day parade in 2014. Abe had excellent relations with both the UPA government led by Manmohan or the NDA government led by Modi.

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6. Abe’s old relationship with India
Shinzo Abe was the Japanese PM to visit India most often. When Abe came to India during his first term in 2007, he addressed Parliament. His speech ‘Confluence of Two Seas’ given in Parliament later became very famous. After this, he also toured India in 2014, 2015 and 2017. He was the first Japanese PM to be the chief guest at the Republic Day parade in 2014. Abe had excellent relations with both the UPA government led by Manmohan or the NDA government led by Modi.

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