外文标题：Modi’s first foreign tour could be to Japan
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi may make Japan his first port of call. The Japanese side has proposed possible dates for Modi's visit to Tokyo which could happen end of June or early July.
Japanese foreign minister Fumio Kishida called his counterpart Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday, his first conversation with her after she took over. Japanese diplomatic channels have already proposed dates for Modi's visit to Tokyo.
Takeshi Yagi, the Japanese envoy to India, visited new national security advisor Ajit Doval last week to propose dates. India is yet to accept them but indications in the government are that Modi is interested.
Modi was supposed to make the BRICS summit in Brazil, scheduled for July 15, his international debut. Japanese PM Shinzo Abe declared that he was "looking forward" to welcoming Modi in Tokyo before the end of the year. Japan wants an Abe-Modi summit to precede a possible Modi-Xi Jinping summit.
Modi has a long history with Japan, with Japanese companies investing deeply in Gujarat. Modi wants that experience to be replicated in the rest of India. What will be interesting will be to see how Modi engages with Japan on the strategic front. How far will India sign on to Japan's new Asia-Pacific initiative?
At Shangri La, Abe said Japan would assist countries like the Philippines which are fighting territorial disputes with China, claiming a larger security role for Japan in Asia. Japan, he said, would play "a more proactive role than it has until now in making peace in Asia and the world something more certain".
"Japan will offer its utmost support for the efforts of the countries of Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) as they work to ensure the security of the seas and the skies," it said.
The Chinese president may travel to India in September, a visit that will be eagerly watched in the rest of the world. Modi already has a plan to increase economic ties with China and invite Chinese investment in various sectors of the Indian economy.
With Japan as a partner in progress India will become formidable force.
This is the best that can happen to India. A strategic tie between Japan-India- Israel will be a great security architecture in Middle-east- Asia-Pacific rim.
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Congressmen never wanted to collaborate with China after the disastrous 1962 war with China which India lost very badly because of Nehru.
His visit to Japan will be really useful and fruitful .
B R V SHANBHAG (bangalore)
Japan is a natural ally to India as Modi already dealing with them it will be easier to furthering the relations and development.
Japan's PM follows Modi on twitter, he follows a very few personalities on twitter.
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Modi will make India a new Japan like nation.
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Good! Bring new ideas, new technologies to India.
John Dawson (Gotham City, NY)
Japanese can still be trusted. Chinese, not so much. They are crooks.
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maalolan (Planet Earth)
This will be an ice breaking meeting paving way for closest social and economic co-operation between us.
Modi knows how to bring prosperity to the country.
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dinesh bhanu (Unknown) replies to Appa
He is more of a practical man with common sense.
dinesh bhanu (Unknown)
Japan already having strong ties with India and investing in different projects. But they wish to support India to stand against China to war against border issues. China want to utilise the huge potential to invest in India to diversify their portfolio. On a negotiation if it helps to resolve our border issues then it will be a bonus for India. Moreover a better relation with China will help us to reduce threat from Pakistan over the border as well.
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Sudhir Kakkar (Unknown)
Japan would like to make countries like India economically, technologically & politically strong to rein in Chinese dominance. Modi has a big plus point in already dealing with Japanese bringing its technology & investment to Gujrat. Win win situation for Modi.
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Now every nation wants MODI. Japan has already sent invitation. Pakistan has sent. China has sent. The US, all these years denied a visa to Modi, now extends a warm welcome to Modi. What is happening over all?
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biplop Indian (Delhi)
Japanese companies investing deeply in Gujarat. Modi wants that experience to be replicated in the rest of India. What will be interesting will be to see how Modi engages with Japan on the strategic front. How far will India sign on to Japan's new Asia-Pacific initiative? Japan is always a good friend of India which is acceptable by all Parties.
Anis Ahmad (Kuwait)
It has been predicted. I am sure it will be good for India to look towards east rather then west which has not given any thing to India. India needs to strengthen its ties with Japan and China so that US is sidelined. US should not have any role in this region as US has been the root cause of all disturbance in the WORLD.
Modi should stay at home and fulfill all the promises that he made during the elections.
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