New Age Diplomacy: Modi Tweets the Japanese Way

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As Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for Japan on a five day official visit, hopes are high that India will secure crucial Japanese support for the nuclear energy cooperation and attract huge investment. India will also address Japan’s concern about doing business with a nuke-armed country. This is Modi’s maiden bilateral trip outside the subcontinent.

Earlier, Modi took to tweeting in Japanese and of the eight tweets posted in the language, he tagged two to his counterpart Shinzo Abe. Later, he said: “Friends from Japan asked me to talk to the people of Japan directly in Japanese. I also thank them for helping with the translation.”

Experts believe Modi’s key meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may yield some crucial agreements, including a long-awaited deal on cooperation in nuclear power generation technology.

Modi had expressed confidence that his trip to Japan would start a ‘new chapter’ in bilateral ties and boost their defence and security cooperation.

"I am confident that my visit will write a new chapter in the annals of relations between Asia's two oldest democracies and take our strategic and global partnership to the next higher level," Modi said in an interaction with mediapersons on the eve of his departure on Saturday.

Modi called Japan ‘a key regional and global partner’ for India and said: "Between our countries, there is only goodwill and mutual admiration. We will explore how Japan can associate itself productively with my vision of inclusive development in India, including the transformation of India's manufacturing, infrastructure sectors, energy and social sectors."

"We will discuss how to boost our defence and security cooperation, including in defence technology, equipment and industry, in line with the evolving domestic policies of the two countries. I will try to accelerate progress on the unfinished agenda of projects and initiatives that our two countries have embarked upon," the prime minister said.

"Japan is one of our closest partners in political, economic, security and cultural realms. It is a key regional and global partner for us. We have a shared interest in working together with Japan and with other countries, to foster peace and stability in Asia and beyond. We are committed to strengthen defence exchanges and cooperation between Japan and India," he said.

However, Modi’s target of securing $1.7 trillion from Japan for setting up a fund that would support India’s economy may not be achieved, as Tokyo has asked Delhi to give a list of specific projects that it can finance. India had approached Japan with a plan to secure $1.7 trillion over a period of five years to create a fund for mega projects including smart cities, railways, solar projects and the plan to clean Ganga.

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