New Delhi, Sept. 2 ANI | 3 months ago

Praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi's efforts in strengthening Indo-Japan relations, Congress leader and former minister of state Shashi Tharoor said that he was very pleased that Prime Minister Modi had given Japan the priority that it deserves.

Speaking to ANI, Tharoor said, "I am very pleased that the Prime Minister has given Japan the priority it deserves and I certainly hope that from India's point of view, we will be able to strengthen this relationship."

He also said that security, defence and economic relations were at the core of Indo-Japan relations.

Stressing that Japan was India's important ally, Tharoor added that the immense potential of Indo-Japan ties had not yet been realized.

He said, "Japan has a very important relationship with India. We have had no problems in our relationships since the Pokhran nuclear tests. On the contrary, we have not sufficiently fulfilled the potential that exists."

He also said that more trade and investment from Japan ought to be possible in the future.

Prime Minister Modi is presently on a three-day visit to Japan, where he signed the Kyoto-Varanasi Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Japan on Saturday, which will see Varanasi develop into a 'smart city'.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe issued a joint statement after a meeting, where they pledged the boosting of the cooperation of India and Japan in railways, civil aviation, energy, maritime affairs, science and technology and women's empowerment, among other areas. In his speech the Prime Minister Modi also sought Japanese investment in India.

Earlier today, Prime Minister Modi also inaugurated the Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) Japan Technology and Culture Academy.

(Posted on 03-09-2014)

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