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Today prime minister Modi and Shinzo Abe will arrive at Gujrat, Ahmedabad.
After the immensely colourful roadshow that welcomed Abe, he kicked-off his two-day tour with a day-long tour of Ahmedabad.
The famed lattice work of the mosque - the Tree of Life - has come to be the unofficial symbol of the city and has also inspired the logos of the National Institute of Design and the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (IIM). They travelled to Sabarmati Ashram, which is considered a home of Mahatma Gandhi. Though the hotel is famous for offering traditional Gujarati food, the menu for the Japanese premier and his wife was mostly kept under wraps. Massive security arrangements have also been put in place as the two leaders are expected to attend several programmes over the next two days, including the Indo-Japanese annual Summit.
"JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization) is opening a major office in the city which would be on a par with their office in New Delhi to facilitate the projects here, " an official said.
The city of Ahmedabad has been decked up to welcome Japanese Prime Minister and his wife.
Following this ceremony later in the evening both the leaders will then hold the 12th India-Japan annual summit at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar.
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Abe also wants to discuss with Modi possible Japanese exports of nuclear power equipment and technology to India now that a civilian nuclear cooperation pact between the nations has taken effect in July, they said. "Exposure to the high speed technology (popularly called the bullet trains) will enable rail engineers in India to innovate and modernize systems and practices". This will be the fourth Annual Summit between Modi and Abe, where they are expected to review the progress of the India- Japan cooperation agreements worked out under the framework of their 'Special Strategic and Global Partnership.
The train's journey, at a minimum operating speed of 320 km/hour, will begin at Sabarmati Railway Station - with 10 cars and 750 passengers - and will culminate at the Bandra-Kurla Complex in, Mumbai, within three hours, after covering 12 stations on the 508-km route.
The two countries are expected to sign multiple economic deals and launch projects, including a Suzuki vehicle manufacturing plant at Hansalpur, about 170 km from Ahmedabad, through remote control.
Following the presentation both the PM's will be having dinner hosted by the Agashiye restaurant located near the mosque.
However, experts say that economic ties between India and Japan are much beyond what is sold and bought at the ports.
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