NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged Prime Minister Fumio Kishida of Japan to further ease travel restrictions on travellers from India.
During bilateral talks in Tokyo on the sidelines of the Quad Leaders’ Summit, PM Modi also appealed to his Japanese counterpart to facilitate quarantine free entry into Japan for the travellers from India, who are inoculated by India-produced Covaxin and Covishield vaccines.
The two Prime Ministers raised the issue of further boosting people-to-people linkages between the two countries. Prime Minister Kishida in the meeting remarked that such linkages should become the backbone of bilateral relations between India and Japan.
The duo took a stock of the Specified Skilled Workers programme and agreed to further scale up this programme.
PM Kishida also hosted a dinner in honour of PM Modi on Tuesday.
PM Modi and PM Kishida agreed to further enhance bilateral security and defence cooperation, including in the area of defence manufacturing.
The two leaders discussed that the next 2+2 Foreign and Defence Ministerial Meeting would take place in Japan at an early date.
PM Kishida also invited PM Modi to visit Japan for the next Annual Bilateral Summit, which PM Modi accepted.
The pair in the bilateral meeting expressed their satisfaction with the growing economic ties between Japan and India. They agreed that both sides should work jointly towards implementing their decision to have 5 trillion yen in public and private investment and financing from Japan to India in the next five years.
“The Prime Minister highlighted the steps taken by the Government of India to improve ease of doing business and logistics through the Gati Shakti initiative and urged Prime Minister Kishida to support greater investments by Japanese companies in India. Such investments would help in creating resilient supply chains and would be mutually beneficial. In this context, Prime Minister Modi appreciated that Japanese companies were increasing their investments in India and that 24 Japanese companies had successfully applied under the various PLI schemes,” the Ministry of External Affairs said.
During the meeting on Tuesday, the pair noted “the progress in implementation of Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail (MAHSR) project and appreciated the signing of exchange of notes of the 3rd tranche loan for this project…. They also discussed possibilities of collaboration in critical and emerging technologies such as 5G, Beyond 5G and semiconductors. The two Prime Ministers also agreed to deepen cooperation in the area of Clean Energy including green hydrogen and, in this regard, encouraged more business-to-business collaboration,” MEA said further.
During the bilateral meeting, PM Modi and PM Kishida discussed that the India-Japan Act East Forum brought fruitful results in the development of India’s North-East Region.
Expressing their concerns over a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region, the two leaders commended Quad’s contemporary and constructive initiatives such as vaccines, scholarships, critical technologies and infrastructure.