Abe Inaugurates India’s First High-Speed Rail Project, Says Will Do Whatever He Can For The Country

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at the launch event of bullet train project in Ahmedabad on Thursday. (ANI)

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today (14 September) said Japan is committed to the policy of 'Make in India', even as he, along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, laid the foundation stone for the proposed Ahmedabad-Mumbai High-Speed Rail Network, known as the bullet train.

Beginning his speech with a customary namaste, Prime Minister Abe said, "I really like Gujarat and I really like India. I will do whatever I can do for India. If we were to merge Japan's 'Ja' and India's 'I', it becomes 'Jai'. If we work together, nothing is impossible. PM Modi and I will work towards realising Jai Japan, Jai India."

"I would like to state that India-Japan partnership is special, strategic and global. India can become the factory of the world if both countries combine their efforts. We are committed to the policy of Make in India,” Abe said, adding, “and I can today say that a powerful India is beneficial for Japan and a powerful Japan is beneficial for India”.

Prime Minister Abe further praised Prime Minister Modi for his leadership and vision, adding that he can see a bright future ahead for India and Japan.

"The Japanese engineers are working day and night to ensure the success of this project. If Indian and Japanese people combine their efforts, there is nothing which cannot be achieved," the Japanese Prime Minister added.

"Since the Shinkansen service was started in Japan, no disaster has been reported. And I can proudly say that it is the safest mode of transport," he further said. (ANI)