Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan has just finished a series of meetings in China (see our Classiarius articles) coming home with a list of things to do for a new and improved relationship. And only one day after returning, Mr Abe is hosting his counterpart Narendra Modi at a result as a per-meeting to a summit. Japan is in a good position as both China and India are expecting a stronger relationship – with India trying not to be left out of the regional team as China pushes for closer ties with Japan, and many other nations.
Mr Abe and Mr Modi have meet 11 times for talks, as they build a lasting relationship. Evidence shows that this relationship is improving as on this visit, PM Abe invited the Indian leader to visit his private vacation home in Narusawa. They also visited a robot factory in the region.
Mr Abe visited India to see new construction of a high-speed train network that will utilize Japanese bullet train technology, with Japan beating out many of its rivals for the deal. This bullet train will link Modi`s home state of Gujarat in Western India to the city of Mumbai. Keep in mind that Japanese firms have been working with a growing list of firms in India on blockchain and other new technologies in a series of start-ups.
The challenge will be for Japan to perform a perfect balancing act in the coming years as both China and India are eager to tie up with Japan for technology transfer an deeper economic relations on all levels. Mr Modi will be in Japan for only two days and will likely go home with a short-list of economic promises on cooperation with Japan.