YAMANASHI (JAPAN), Oct 28 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe held informal talks at a picturesque resort near Mount Fuji and visited a factory of industrial robot manufacturer on Sunday as they spent about eight hours together on the first day of a two-day summit.
Modi, who arrived in Japan last evening to attend the 13th India-Japan annual summit, has said the partnership between the two countries has been fundamentally transformed and it has been strengthened as a �special strategic and global partnership�. The two-day summit beginning Sunday will seek to review the progress in ties and deepen strategic dimension of the bilateral relationship.
Modi was affectionately received by Abe on his arrival at the Hotel Mount Fuji in the scenic Yamanashi prefecture, west of Tokyo. The two leaders took a stroll in the garden following which Abe hosted a luncheon for Modi at the scenic resort.
After luncheon, both the premiers visited the FANUC industrial facility, which specialises in automation. Modi was briefed on the various robotic and automation capabilities of FANUC that contributes to the manufacturing industry in Japan and other countries, including India.
Later in the evening, Abe in a special gesture hosted Modi at his personal villa near Lake Kawaguchi in Yamanashi for a private dinner. It is the first time that Abe has invited a foreign political leader to his holiday home in the village of Narusawa in the prefecture.
After the dinner, the two leaders left for Tokyo by train.
They will hold a formal summit on Monday in Tokyo, during which strengthening bilateral security and economic cooperation is expected to be high on the agenda. Besides bilateral issues, the two leaders are also expected to deliberate on a range of regional and global issues including the situation in the Indo-Pacific region. � PTI