New Delhi, Aug. 28 ANI | 4 months ago

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi's tweets in Japanese is a first innovative measure ever made by the head of the government in New Delhi in reaching out to the people in Japan, and added that this will set a new trend in inter-state relations.

MEA official spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said Prime Minister Modi is known for his innovative communication skills.

"And, therefore, my understanding is that in response to request made from Japanese well-wishers and friends, he decided not only to tweet in English but as a first innovative measure ever made by an Indian Prime Minister in reaching out directly to Japanese people he has tweeted in Japanese too. These tweets are largely in the nature of tweets that he had earlier done in English," Syed Akbaruddin told ANI when asked to comment on the idea behind Prime Minister Modi's tweets in Japanese.

Responding to a poser on whether New Delhi had received any feedback from the Japanese side over the Prime Minister's tweets, Akbaruddin said, "These have just been put out. And I am certain our Japanese friends are as excited about it as we in India because this is a new trend where our Prime Minister is communicating directly in a language of the Japanese people to them and through social media it has never happened before and we feel this will go down very well with everyone."

Prime Minister Modi, who leaves for Japan on a four-day visit on Saturday, tweeted in Japanese this morning. The Prime Minister, who had earlier tweeted in English, thanked his 'friends from Japan' who had helped him with the translations.

The Prime Minister had earlier expressed hope that his visit to Japan will boost the bilateral ties between New Delhi and Tokyo.

The who's who of India Inc. including Mukesh Ambani, Gautam Adani and Sunil Mittal will be accompanying the Prime Minister on his maiden visit to Japan.

(Posted on 28-08-2014)

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