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Bid to boost Japan trade

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and commerce minister Anand Sharma in New Delhi on Saturday. (Reuters)

New Delhi, Jan. 25: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today sought greater cooperation with India in energy, pharma, agriculture and information technology.

“A strong India and a strong Japan can come together and I think we can do wonders. I am confident that there is tremendous potential for cooperation between the two nations,” Abe said while addressing industry associations here.

Abe said Japan’s technological strength and India’s demographic advantage will create a “win-win” situation for both, especially in high-speed rail, medical care and thermal energy.

Commerce minister Anand Sharma said the visit of the Japanese Prime Minister would redefine the Asia-Pacific region politically, strategically and economically. Besides the focus on the Delhi-Mumbai industrial corridor, the government is in talks with Japan on the Amritsar-Calcutta industrial corridor.

The Japanese team consists of heads of companies such as Toshiba, Mitsui, Daiichi Sankyo, East Japan Railway, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi and Hitachi.