The Modi-Abe summit is particularly significant coming days after Japan openly backed India during its recent military stand-off with China at Doklam. It was recently announced that Japan and India would cooperate on anti-submarine warfare training and robotics research, with the details to be firmed up this week.
The Japanese PM's two-day itinerary involves cultural programmes, visiting iconic and historic sites and dining on a Gujarati "thali" among other things.
PM Abe, accompanied by First Lady Akie Abe is in India to attend the 12th Indian-Japanese annual summit in Gandhinagar, Gujarat where the two countries will look to reinvigorate bilateral relations and defence cooperation. Prime Minister's home State Gujarat is gearing up for welcoming Abe.
PM Modi to accompany Japan PM on roadshow. "I will be hosting him in Gujarat in our fourth annual summit together". The project, scheduled to be completed on December 2023 is expected to reduce the travel distance between Mumbai and Ahmedabad to around two hours from the existing 7 hours.
"This would be a historic moment as India will get its first bullet train", said Minister of Railways and Coal Piyush Goyal, adding the new Shinkansen - Japanese for a network of high-speed railway lines - technology will ensure more growth opportunities.
Japan has signed a historic civil nuclear cooperation deal with India with an aim to boost the bilateral ties. "They may also join us", he said.
"This is for the first time in the country when our prime minister along with the prime minister of another country is doing a joint road show".
On this road show, the two leaders will cross through Sabarmati Riverfront. These are areas that India should be focusing on as these could be expanded under the "Make in India" initiative and build partnerships between Indian and Japanese small and medium size enterprises as well.
The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation said singing troupes will perform at 28 different locations along the route to greet Modi and Abe. Following the presentation both the PM's will be having dinner hosted by the Agashiye restaurant located near the mosque.
On Thursday both Modi and Abe will attain Bullet Train project. Japan hopes that by gaining a head start on rival exporters of rail technology such as China and Germany, its companies will be able to dominate business in one of the most promising markets for high-speed rail equipment.