With the rise of an assertive China, India and Japan are working to develop extremely close ties.
It is in this context that the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Japan is being seen.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is slated to today attend a two-day summit in Japan.
He will review the progress in ties and deepen strategic dimension of the bilateral relationship.
PM Modi said it will be his 12th meeting with Shinzo Abe since he first visited Japan as prime minister in September 2014.
It need be recalled that Japan and Russia are the only two countries with which India holds an annual bilateral summit and has no ideological or strategic differences.
During the summit, PM Modi will engage with Mr Abe on a range of issues including defence and regional security.
Going by various media reports, PM Modi will be visiting the robotics and automation firm FANUC in Yamanashi and meet business leaders as well.
It is also part of the schedule that he will be showcasing India as an attractive investment destination to the Japanese investors.
Prime Minister Modi is also scheduled to address a Make-in-India event in Tokyo and subsequently will then participate in a community reception that will be attended by the Indian diaspora. >