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PM Modi to visit Japan to attend former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe’s funeral

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Shinzo Abe’s funeral

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Japan tomorrow to attend the state funeral of former Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe. He will attend the state funeral ceremony at Budokan, which would be followed by a greeting occasion at the Akasaka palace in Tokyo.

During his visit to Japan, he will meet his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida and also, Akie Abe.

The state funeral is expected to be attended by representatives from over a hundred countries, including more than 20 Heads of State and Heads of Government.

On the 9th of July, 2022, India observed one-day national mourning as a mark of respect for former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe.

“This visit by Prime Minister Modi will be an opportunity for him to honour the memory of former Prime Minister Abe, who he considered a dear friend and a great champion of the India-Japan relationship,” said Foreign Secretary, Vinay Kwatra.

Over a period of more than a decade through their numerous meetings and interactions both Abe and Modi had developed a personal bond of trust and friendship. Since PM Modi’s visit to Japan in 2007 as the then Chief Minister of Gujrat the bonhomie between Abe and him has grown strongly.

PM Modi’s visit to Japan follows Prime Minister Kishida’s visit to India for the India-Japan Summit meeting earlier in March this year. Prime Minister Modi visited Japan last time for the Quad leaders’ Summit in May this year.

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The bilateral meeting between the two during PM Modi’s upcoming visit will give an opportunity for both countries to further strengthen India-Japan Special Strategic and Global Partnership.

Notably, Abe played a pivotal role in deepening India-Japan relations. He is credited with turning a largely economic relationship with India into a broad, Comprehensive, and Strategic Partnership. He was bestowed with the prestigious Padma Vibhushan in 2021 by the Indian Government for his role in strengthening Indo-Japan relations.

“The two leaders made enormous contributions and were singularly responsible for elevating India-Japan relations to the status of Special Strategic and Global Partnership in 2014,” added Kwatra.

The relations between the two countries are very expansive which include trade and investment, defense and security, climate change, health security, infrastructure, digital space, industrial development, energy, critical and emerging technologies, and human resources among others.

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