Bullet train, nuclear deal top Japan PM Shinzo Abe’s agenda in India
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Bullet train, nuclear deal top Japan PM Shinzo Abe’s agenda in India

NEW DELHI (AP) — Prime Minister Narendra Modi hopes the visit this weekend by Shinzo Abe will be a major step in transforming India into an economic powerhouse with Japan’s help in building bullet trains, “smart cities” and nuclear technology exchange.

India and Japan are set to sign a $15 billion agreement for a high-speed train linking the Indian financial hub of Mumbai with Ahmadabad, the commercial capital of Modi’s home state, Gujarat.

The train would cut travel time on the 505 kilometer (315 mile) route from eight hours to two, and would eventually be extended to New Delhi.

Other priorities during Prime Minister Abe’s three-day visit include discussions on a civil nuclear agreement, military purchases for India’s armed forces and Japanese aid to upgrade India’s creaking infrastructure.

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