PM Modi Gets Down To Business, Talks With Uniqlo Boss, NEC Chairman

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By: TNI Team
Updated: 23 May, 2022 1:39 pm IST
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PM Narendra Modi met with Maruti Suzuki Motor Corp Advisor Osamu Suzuki and Director Toshihiro Suzuki (left) and with Uniqlo CEO Tadashi Yanai (right) in Tokyo, Japan.


TOKYO: Prime Minister Narendra Modi gets his ‘Tokyo business’ going with back-to-back meetings with Japanese industry leaders on Monday.

In his meeting with NEC chairman Nobuhiro Endo, PM Modi discussed the company’s role in India’s telecommunications sector.

“The Prime Minister appreciated NEC’s role in India’s telecommunication sector, especially in undertaking Chennai-Andaman & Nicobar Islands (Cand Kochi-Lakshadweep Islands (KLI) OFC projects. He also highlighted investment opportunities under the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme,” the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement.

PM Modi with Nobuhiro Endo, chairman of NEC Corporation


“They discussed various reforms being undertaken to enable ease of doing business in India including in industrial development, taxation and labour,” the statement said. “They also discussed opportunities in India in new and emerging technologies.”

Endo spoke about opportunities in India in areas such as smart cities, emerging technologies and an innovative effort to encourage learning of Japanese in India.

In his meeting with Japanese apparel major Uniqlo, PM Modi urged its chairman, president and CEO Tadashi Yanai to take part in India’s PM-Mitra scheme aimed at further strengthening the textiles sector.

PM Modi with Tadashi Yanai, chairman, president and CEO of Uniqlo


While Yanai appreciated the entrepreneurial zeal of Indians, they also discussed various reforms being undertaken to improve the ease of doing business for foreign investors in India.

Reaching Tokyo on Monday, Prime Minister Modi was greeted warmly by the Japanese authorities and the Indian community living there.

To mark the 70 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and India, PM Modi has penned an opinion piece in the most read Japanese daily Yomiuri Shimbun.


“Ours is a partnership for peace, stability and prosperity. I trace the journey of our special friendship which completes 70 glorious years,” Prime Minister Modi said in a tweet.

Prime Minister Modi is slated to hold a one to one meeting with business leaders including Osamu Suzuki, adviser, Suzuki Motor Corporation and Masayoshi Son, President and CEO of the Softbank Group Corp.

A day ahead of the Quad Leaders’ Summit, PM Modi will also meet the Indian community and diaspora in Japan.

In a tweet on Monday, Prime Minister Modi said, “Closer India-Japan cooperation is vital in the post-COVID world. Our nations are firmly committed to democratic values. Together, we are key pillars of a stable and secure Indo-Pacific region. I am equally glad that we are working closely in various multilateral forums as well.”

“I have had the opportunity of regularly interacting with the Japanese people since my days as Gujarat CM. Japan’s developmental strides have always been admirable. Japan is partnering with India in key sectors including infrastructure, technology, innovation, start-ups and more,” he said.

“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,” PM Modi added.

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