The Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh, visited Japan on 27-30 May 2013 for the Annual Summit of the Prime Ministers.
Both the Countries of India and Japan held extensive talks on bilateral, regional and global issues on 29 May 2013 in Tokyo.
Highlights of Manmohan Singh’s Visit to Japan
• Both the Countries welcomed the launch of the bilateral Maritime Affairs Dialogue, the first meeting of which was held on 29 January 2013 in Delhi.
• Both the countries expressed concern on the issue of import of Indian shrimp by Japan and hoped that this issue would be resolved soon.
• Both the countries confirmed the 6th EAS Declaration on ASEAN Connectivity that includes consideration be given to the Connectivity Master Plan Plus in the future anticipating the Economic Research Institute of ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) to provide useful inputs towards this.
• Prime Minister of both the Countries re-affirmed their support for the East Asia Summit (EAS) as a forum for dialogue on broad strategic, political and economic issues of common interest and concern with the aim of promoting peace, stability and economic prosperity in East Asia.
• They applauded the signing of the Memorandum between the Department of Atomic Energy of India and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan on cooperation in rare earths industry in India.
• Both the Countries were satisfied with the signing of the first tranche of the Main Loan Agreement for Phase-II totalling approximately 136 billion yen.
• The two countries expressed their satisfaction seeing the progress in implementation of the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC).
• The two countries expressed satisfaction with the progress in cooperation of creative industries and applauded the successful launch of the Indian Design Mark developed by the India Design Council and the Japan Institute of Design Promotion.
• The two Prime Ministers also applauded the signing of the Exchange of Notes for yen loan totalling 71billion yen for the Mumbai Metro Line-III project, as well as the yen loan of the fiscal year 2012 totalling 353.106 billion yen for eight projects.