Besides Modi, the Quad summit in Tokyo on May 24 will be attended by US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Australian prime minister-elect Anthony Albanese.
The Quad or Quadrilateral Security Dialogue comprises India, the US, Japan and Australia.
Modi, who is visiting Tokyo at the invitation of his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida, will hold separate bilateral meetings with Biden, Kishida and Albania on the sides of the summit.
PM @narendramodi emplanes for Tokyo, where he will take part in the Quad Summit and other programmes. https://t.co/SxYEqsm3dm
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) 1653233493000
He had hosted Kishida for the 14th India-Japan Annual Summit in March 2022.
Here are the top developments-
PM in Tokyo
Soon after PM Modi landed in Japan, he took to Twitter and tweeted in both Japanese and English, “Landed in Tokyo. Will be taking part in various programs during this visit including the Quad Summit, meeting fellow Quad leaders, interacting with Japanese business leaders and the vibrant Indian diaspora.
Landed in Tokyo. Will be taking part in various programs during this visit including the Quad Summit, meeting fel… https://t.co/PvaXwFJHY5
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1653259814000
“Ohayo, Tokyo! PM @narendramodi arrives to a warm welcome in Tokyo on what is his fifth visit to Japan in the last 8 years,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted.
Modi meets industry leaders in Japan, invites them to invest in India
Visiting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who arrived in Tokyo on Monday on a two-day visit, met three important business leaders of Japan and invited them to invest in India.
Shortly after his arrival, Modi first met Nobuhiro Endo, the Chairman of NEC Corporation.
The Prime Minister lauded the NEC’s role in India’s telecommunication sector, especially in undertaking Chennai-Andaman & Nicobar Islands (CANI) and Kochi-Lakshadweep Islands (KLI) OFC projects. He also highlighted India’s investment opportunities under the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme.
During the meeting, they discussed various reforms being undertaken to enable ease of doing business in India including in industrial development, taxation and labor. They also discussed opportunities in India in new and emerging technologies.
PM interacts with children
Prime Minister Modi interacted with children outside the hotel in Tokyo. He also saw the drawing of a young girl and signed an autograph for her during his interaction with the children.
He then interacted with a boy who was waiting for him with a drawing of the tricolour. Prime Minister Modi asked him from where he learned Hindi and praised him for his fluency in the language.
Japan’s Indian community has made pioneering contributions in different fields. They have also remained connected w… https://t.co/Xw1bwQrtHh
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1653270959000
“Japan’s Indian community has made pioneering contributions in different fields. They have also remained connected with their roots in India. I thank the Indian diaspora in Japan for the warm welcome,” Prime Minister Modi said on Twitter after his interaction with the community.
PM attends launch event of IPEF
The prime minister also participated in an event in Tokyo to launch the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF).
In his comments during the launch ceremony, Modi said that the IPEF is a declaration of a collective desire to make the Indo-Pacific region an engine of global economic growth.
The event was also attended by US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, as well as the virtually by leaders of Australia, Brunei, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
The IPEF seeks to strengthen economic partnerships among participating countries with the objective of enhancing resilience, sustainability, inclusiveness, economic growth, fairness, and competitiveness in the Indo-Pacific region.
At the occasion, a joint statement was issued which highlights the key elements envisaged within the IPEF.
Bharat chalo, Bharat se judo, PM tells Indian diaspora
Prime Minister Modi also interacted with the Indian community in Tokyo, where he said that India and Japan are “natural partners” and Japanese investments have played an important role in India’s development journey.
He also said that India’s relationship with Japan is of spirituality, of cooperation and of belonging.
He further asked the Indian community members to join the ‘Bharat Chalo, Bharat se Judo’ campaign as he highlighted the developments and reform initiatives of his government in recent years in fields of infrastructure, governance, green growth and digital revolution.
“I would urge everyone to join and take forward the campaign of ‘Bharat Chalo, Bharat se Judo,” Modi said while interacting with over 700 members of the Indian diaspora.
Noting that India has always found a solution no matter how big the problem is, he added that during the coronavirus pandemic, there was an atmosphere of uncertainty, but even in that situation, India supplied ‘Made in India’ vaccines to crores of its citizens and also sent it to more than 100 countries.
PM Modi meets CEO of Japanese clothing brand Uniqlo
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday met the CEO of Japanese clothing brand Uniqlo to discuss investment opportunities for the retailer in textile manufacturing in India.
“Boosting India’s textile sector. PM @narendramodi met CEO of Fast Retailing, the parent company of @UNIQLO_JP, Tadashi Yanai,” MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted. “Discussed Uniqlo’s growing presence in India and investment opportunities for textile manufacturing in India under PLI scheme.”
While Yanai appreciated the entrepreneurial zeal of the people of India, Modi asked him “to take part in the PM-Mitra scheme aimed at further strengthening the textiles sector,” PMO India tweeted.
India to join Indo-Pacific Economic Framework: Joe Biden
President Joe Biden announced Monday in Tokyo the launch of a new Asia-Pacific trading network with an initial 13 countries signing up, including India and Japan, although questions remain over the package’s effectiveness.
“The United States and Japan together with 11 other nations will be launching the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework. This framework is a commitment to working with our close friends and partners in the region, on challenges that matter most to ensuring economic competitiveness in the 21st century,” he said.
Ukraine, wheat ban to be discussed at Biden-Modi meet: US NSA
The Russian invasion of Ukraine and Indian restrictions on wheat exports will be among a range of issues that will figure at the upcoming meeting of the Quad in Tokyo next week and the bilateral between American President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the US has said .
Modi and Biden will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Australia’s newly elected Prime Minister, Anthony Banese, for the second-person summit of the Quad, short for Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, on Tuesday in Tokyo.
The two leaders will also meet bilaterally, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan confirmed in a gaggle with reporters traveling with Biden from South Korea to Japan, the second leg of his first trip to Asia as President.
India and the US have not been on the same page on the Russian invasion of Ukraine. New Delhi has not condemned the invasion withstanding unrelenting pressure from the US and others such as the UK, who had, together with their other allies, have come to Ukraine’s aid with money and materiel with the stated intention of driving back the army of Russian Vladimir Putin.
PM’s 23 engagements in 40 hours
PM Modi will have 23 engagements, including meetings with three world leaders, in around 40 hours of stay in Japan where he will join US President Joe Biden and prime ministers of Australia and Japan at the Quad summit in Tokyo on May 24, official sources said .
They said Modi during his visit will have business, diplomatic and community interactions. He will interact with over 30 Japanese CEOs and also with hundreds of Indian diaspora members.
(With inputs from agencies)