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Indian media: Papers back strong Japan ties as royal couple visits

December 3, 2013

From the BBC.

Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are meeting top Indian leaders

Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are meeting top Indian leaders

The royal couple is in India on a six-day visit amid hopes of infusing some much-needed vigour in trade, nuclear and defence relations.

“Emperor Akihito’s visit marks the start of a new era in India-Japan relations. Japanese PM Shinzo Abe will follow the emperor to India next month, when several deals will be sealed, perhaps one on nuclear cooperation too,” says the Deccan Herald.

The paper stresses that India realises the value of the visit and “is pulling out all the stops to make the imperial visit special”.

An article in The Times of India highlights the importance of strong relations between the two Asian economic giants.

“They (Delhi and Tokyo) have a congruence of views on many issues – economic and strategic, not only to actively cooperate in several infrastructure projects of immense importance for India’s growth story, but also to join hands to foster shared interests in the vital, and sensitive, strategic domain, including maritime security,” it says.

Despite the mutual warmth, the Indian government faced some embarrassment on Saturday after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s office misspelt the Japanese empress’s name on Twitter as “Kimicho”,The Indian Express reports. Read more at the BBC.

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