It is perhaps for the first time that the Japanese government has invited a Chief Minister of a state of any country to visit its country. Japan was a partner country in the two previous editions of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors' Summit, the flagship event held in the state every two years. The Japanese delegation was clearly impressed by the all-round development of the state.
Gujarat occupies maximum land area in the ongoing inter-state Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) project which has been undertaken by India in collaboration with Japan.
Narendra Modi is scheduled to attend 44 functions during his visit to Tokyo, Hamamatsu, Nagoya, Osaka and Kobe provinces. He will speak to leading corporate honchos of both the countries at seminars on three different sectors to explore the possibilities of industrial investment. The CM will also take part in high-level round-table conferences to strengthen the economic, industrial and cultural relations between Gujarat and Japan. He will speak on Gujarat's vision for the 21st century.
Modi will discuss policy matters with top functionaries of Tokyo for different joint sector projects and also address during meetings with Japan-India Parliamentary Fellowship League and India Centre Foundation.
The leader will travel to Hamamatsu from Tokyo. He will meet Maruti Suzuki Corporation Managing Director Shinzo Nakanishi. His visit will be in the wake of the recent violence at Maruti Suzuki's plant at Manesar in Haryana and from there, he will take the Bullet Train to Nagoya to get a first-hand feel of the high-speed ride. He will talk to Japanese officials on the ambitious Bullet Train project on Ahmedabad-Mumbai-Pune route and the Ahmedabad-Dholera Metro Bullet Train in details. The BJP leader will also take up the two Japanese Industrial Parks projects to be set up in Gujarat as part of the DMIC.
This is not all. Modi will also visit the modern seaport at Kobe to develop ports on similar lines in Gujarat. He will share with Japanese officials the Gujarati experience of disaster management in the light of the recent earthquake.
The Gujarat CM's visit is looked as a great opportunity to not only strengthen Gujarat's relations with Japan but also highlight the state's efforts towards taking a leading role in the India.