PM Modi to travel to Japan on August 31

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on a four-day trip to Japan from August 31 to bolster bilateral ties in key areas of civil nuclear cooperation, security, defence and trade.

During his visit from August 31 to September 3, the Prime Minister will call on Emperor Akihito and hold annual summit meeting with his counterpart Shinzo Abe.

"India and Japan have a strategic and global partnership. The visit of Prime Minister to Japan will further strengthen the bonds of friendship between India and Japan," the External Affairs Ministry said announcing his visit.

In a statement, the Japanese government in Tokyo said it sincerely welcomes the visit of the Indian Prime Minister, which will further strengthen the friendly relations between the two countries.

Prime Minister Abe will also host a dinner for Modi.

Modi was scheduled to visit Japan in July but the trip was postponed in view of the Budget session of Parliament.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida had met earlier this week in Myanmar's capital Nay Pyi Taw on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit preparing the groundwork for a "very very substantive outcome" from Modi's visit.

In the meeting Swaraj had conveyed to Kishida that India was "very keen" on bringing the negotiations on the civil nuclear deal to its logical conclusion as soon as possible.

An agreement on civilian nuclear energy would open up the Indian market to Japanese players.

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