PM Modi congratulates Indians in Japan for ‘making the country proud’

In his Japan visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the Indians there for taking ‘brand India’ to new heights by introducing cricket, Indian food and culture to the Japanese.

“Just as how lamps light up the dark during Diwali wherever you are, you are spreading the light of India to every corner of the world and Japan and making the country proud. My best wishes are with you,” PM Modi said to a group of Indians in Tokyo on the second day of his two-day visit, reports NDTV.

“India is going through a massive transformative phase today. The world is appreciating India for its efforts towards services towards humanity. The policies being made in India, the work being done towards public welfare, for these the nation is being felicitated today,” PM Modi told the Indian community in Tokyo on Monday morning, citing his “Make in India” initiative to boost manufacturing in India, especially India’s progress in mobile phone manufacturing.

Japan is lending Rs 88,000 crore to India for the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train that will run 508 km, with 21 km in an undersea tunnel. The loan carries a minimal interest rate of 0.1%, which has to be repaid over 50 years.┬áJapan’s role in India’s economic journey continues to be integral to its transformation, said Raveesh Kumar in his tweets.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and held productive, focused discussion on bilateral, regional and global issues.

Modi arrived in Japan on Saturday to attend the 13th India-Japan annual two-day summit which will seek to review the progress in ties and deepen strategic dimension of the bilateral relationship.

“Strengthening the strategic orientation of our relationship. Foreign Minister of Japan Taro Kono called on PM @narendramodi. Held productive and focused discussion on bilateral, regional and global issues,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

Modi also met Secretary General Toshihiro Nikai of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and the Minister of Economy Trade and Industry (METI) Hiroshige Seko. He appreciated the Japanese support extended to the flagship initiatives in India.

“Minister of @METI_JPN Hiroshige Seko called on PM @narendramodi. Discussed ways to enhance our economic engagement, specially given METI’s role in strengthening our economic partnership,” Kumar tweeted.

On Sunday, Shinzo Abe took PM Modi at his personal villa near Lake Kawaguchi in Yamanashi for a private dinner — for the first time the Japanese Prime Minister invited a foreign political leader to his holiday home.

(With inputs from Agencies)