Modi’s second visit to Japan within a year was firmed up before the US voted to elect its President. His three-day stay in Japan will now acquire an extra edge because of the US President-elect’s distaste for bankrolling the defence requirements of its allies like Japan and South Korea.
In such a situation, Japan may try to telegraph its intention to get closer to India by adding more substance in defense, security, trade and investment.
Modi will visit the Kawasaki Heavy Industries facility in Kobe where high speed trains are manufactured. India has awarded a $ 13 bn Bullet Train contract that will run between Mumbai and Modi’s hometown Ahmedabad. The event will be high on optics as he will be accompanied by the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Japan is in the fray for more contracts for semi-high speed trains as well.