Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Indian Diaspora at Hyogo Prefecture Guest House in Kobe, Japan. The Prime Minister started his address by talking about Japan and the values it holds within. PM Modi said that the Japanese relations with India have existed for centuries. He also added that the citizens of Japan have mutual respect for each other.
"Japan has an important place in India's relations with the world. These relationships are not of today, but of centuries. At their core is intimacy, goodwill, respect for each other's culture and civilization." he said.
"Colloquialism formulas between the two countries act as connecting factors," PM Modi said. He referred to the examples of meditation and service.
"There are also some formulas for our colloquialism that connect us. What is called 'meditation' in India is called 'Zen' in Japan. And what's called 'service' in India is also called 'service' in Japan."
The Prime Minister also brought up instances of the strong ties between India and Japan which had been fostered by the former PM of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Moriji. The relations turned out to be a formidable global partnership, PM Modi said.
"About two decades ago, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayeeji and Prime Minister Yoshiro Moriji jointly made our relationship a global partnership. After becoming prime minister in 2014, I had the opportunity to strengthen this friendship with my friend Prime Minister Shinzo Abe."
Speaking of Abe's visit to India, PM Modi said that Indians proudly remember the time when both the leaders visited Kashi, one of the oldest spiritual places in the world. Back in 2015, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe had conducted rituals on the bank on the River Ganga. Here's what he tweeted:
Speaking of a major ongoing project of Mumbai–Ahmedabad high-speed rail corridor, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also said that India and Japan have come a long way from making cars to undertaking bullet train project
"Today, there is no part in India where Projects or Investments in Japan have not made their mark." he said
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in Osaka ahead of the G 20 summit. Modi thanked Shinzo Abe for his congratulatory message on his landslide victory in the Lok Sabha elections 2019. He also mentioned that the world is focusing on the vast democracy of the country.
Meanwhile, India has participated in all the G20 summits held so far and will host the summit in 2022 for the first time. PM Modi will hold 10 bilateral meetings, including the ones with France, Japan, Indonesia, US, and Turkey, on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Japan. Besides India and the host Japan, other participants are the US, UK, European Union, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Russia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Korea, South Africa, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey.