The major highlight of Shinzo Abe's tour to Ahmedabad and Gujarat capital Gandhinagar would be the stone laying ceremony for India's first bullet train project. The Japanese leader will be in Gandhinagar, Gujarat for two days and attend the 12th India-Japan annual summit.
Earlier Japan's Ambassador to India, Kenji Hiramatsu, had said that the relationship between India and Japan is at its best ever, and that New Delhi is a key partner to carry out Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's free and open Indo-Pacific strategy. This is the 12th edition of India-Japan annual summit. The average speed of Indian trains being about 50 kmph, at the Shinkansen speed, the journey from Mumbai to Ahmedabad would be cut to two hours from the current seven hours.
The high-speed railway will connect Mumbai to Ahmedabad. An India Japan Business Plenary is scheduled the same day.
According to the official itinerary issued here on Tuesday, Prime Minister Abe and Prime Minister Modi would fly into Ahmedabad on Wednesday afternoon and drive down straight to Mahatma Gandhi's Sabarmati Ashram in the evening.
The area near Sidi Saiyyed mosque on the Sabarmati riverfront in Ahmedabad ahead of the Shinzo Abe's visit.
The two leaders are also expected to discuss ways to handle China's growing presence in the East and South China seas.
Abe said he has full trust in BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda as his massive monetary stimulus has buoyed employment and "created a situation where Japan was no longer in deflation".
Massive preparations are being done for the grand welcome of the Japanese Prime Minister.
"Fifteen Japanese companies have already committed to invest in Gujarat, for which they've started the process of purchasing land from GIDC". India and Japan both have expressed their concerns against China's expansionist behaviour. Civil nuclear cooperation and the defence partnership, with Tokyo willing to supply military technology, are likely to emerge as the two strongest pillars of cooperation between India and Japan.
The two countries are expected to sign a series of accords, including one on maritime cooperation, during the visit, India's The Statesman newspaper reported. The two countries also part of a trilateral military exercise with USA (malabar exercise).