Prime Minister Narendra held informal talks with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on Sunday as he arrived in Japan late Saturday evening to attend the 13th India-Japan annual summit. Modi said the partnership between the two countries has been fundamentally transformed and it has been strengthened as a 'special strategic and global partnership'.
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!" PM Modi tweeted.
Top 10 highlights from PM Modi- Shinzo Abe meet
1. According to officials of the Ministry of External Affairs, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was briefed on the various robotic and automation capabilities of FANUC.
2. Later in the evening, Abe in a special gesture hosted Modi at his personal villa near Lake Kawaguchi in Yamanashi for a private dinner.
3. After the dinner, the two leaders left for Tokyo by train. The two prime ministers spent about eight hours together, MEA officials said.
4. 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.
5. The two leaders also visited the FANUC industrial facility, which specialises in automation.
6. Modi presented Abe two handcrafted stone bowls and dhurries made from rose quartz and yellow quartz stone sourced from Rajasthan.
7. A Jodhpuri wooden chest from Rajasthan with traditional work was also presented. The gifts were specially crafted on the occasion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Japan.
8. Prime Minister Modi has said projects such as Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail and Dedicated Freight Corridors reflected the high level and "strength of our economic engagement".
9. "Japan is also at the forefront of engaging in our national initiatives, such as 'Make in India', 'Skill India', 'Digital India', 'Start Up India'... Japanese investors have faith in India's economic future, which is marked with myriad opportunities," Modi said.
10. It is said the prime minister's visit will reaffirm the traditional bonds of friendship between the two countries and strengthen their multi-faceted cooperation in diverse fields.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also address the Indian community function in Tokyo and will attend a series of business events and address the business forum.
The two leaders will hold a formal summit in Tokyo on Monday, during which strengthening bilateral security and economic cooperation is expected to be high on the agenda. During the formal summit Monday, Modi will engage with Abe on a range of issues including defence and regional security.
PM Modi takes express train to travel to Tokyo with Shinzo Abe
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday rode an express train to travel to Tokyo, with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.
"After spending 8 hours together in Yamanashi, PM Narendra Modi and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe depart for Tokyo by Express Train Kaiji," Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.
India was driving the region and the world's prosperity as a global power, Japanese PM Abe said in a message on the day of the two leaders' summit meeting.
"Japan is India's partner in railway modernisation, including Mumbai Ahmedabad High Speed Railway," he said.