Indian PM Narendra Modi will be in Japan for 28-29 October, for the annual India-Japan summit. Japanese PM Shinzo Abe is likely to host Modi at his holiday home for a private dinner.
This holiday home is located in Yamanashi Perfecture, which is blessed by natural beauty and is home for Mount Fuji Mountain. Reception at such place for a private dinner for a foreign leader in Japan is very rare. And it shows the importance and respect for the Indian leader in foreign lands. The previous year summit was held in India between India and Japan. That 12th annual summit was held in Gandhinagar, and Japanese PM was hosted in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Later, Shinzo Abe was taken to visit Sabarmati Ashram of Mahatma Gandhi.
Currently, Abe is visiting China. It is the first visit to Beijing by Japanese PM in last 7 years. Abe will return to Japan just to receive our PM Modi. This 13th annual summit is expected to highlight a formal launch of negotiations for a military logistics pact, starting on Sunday. Other discussion areas for this annual summit will be Connectivity, infrastructure and security situation in the Indo-Pacific region. Foreign Secretary of India, Vijay Gokhale said, “Regional security will be another topic.
We presume that given the interest Japan has in issues related to the Korean peninsula and DPRK, this matter will be discussed. We will certainly raise our concerns over terrorism and other trans-border crimes which are of importance to us.” Gokhale also said that India is hoping to have an integration between recently launched ‘Ayushman Bharat’ scheme and Japanese health program named Asia Health and Well-being Initiative. This meeting will be 5th India-Japan summit attended by Modi. India-Japan relation is likely to become stronger by this annual summit.