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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will welcome Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday to the 12th India-Japan Annual Summit.

After arriving on Wednesday afternoon, the two leaders will take part in a cultural roadshow-a pageantry running 8km from Ahmedabad airport to Sabarmati Ashram.

The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation said singing troupes will perform at 28 different locations along the route to greet Modi and Abe. He said the previous joint statements by the two countries clearly articulated the views of both.

Goyal added that the passenger fares of the premium train will be lower than the air fares between the two cities.

Another highlight of Abe's trip to India will be the groundbreaking ceremony for a high-speed railway project, which is expected to link the western Indian cities of Ahmadabad and Mumbai, employing Japan's "shinkansen" bullet train technology.

- The two leaders will attend a public function to mark the commencement of work of India's first high-speed rail project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai, on 14th of September. A parallel CEO conference has also been planned.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is enjoying a surge in approval ratings, following North Korea's missile provocations and sixth nuclear test, according to local newspapers. The soft loan has been provided at a rate of interest of 0.1% per annum with a repayment period of 50 years, which includes a grace period of 15 years.

Of the 508-kilometre stretch, 92 percent of the route will be elevated, six percent in tunnel and the rest two percent will be on the ground.

Already ground surveying using LiDAR technology and geotechnical investigations have been completed, as well as specifications for track, tunnels, bridges, signalling and telecoms. The high-speed train will halt at all ten stations on the proposed high-speed corridor between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, while the rapid high-speed train will halt only at major stations.

In Tokyo, a Japanese foreign ministry official told reporters, "We would like to support "Make in India" as much as possible", referring to Modi's signature policy to lure investors in manufacturing.

Abe and Modi are also expected to exchange views on North Korea, which carried out its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3 despite repeated warnings from the worldwide community, according to Japanese government officials. Apart from a tour of the Sabarmati riverfront, Akie Abe will also visit the city's heritage Calico Museum of Textiles, known for its distinguished and large collection of Indian textiles.


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