FILES - In this photograph taken on August 30, 2014, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) is embraced by his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe upon his arrival at the State Guest House in Kyoto. (AFP PHOTO/TORU YAMANAKA/FILES)
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi hopes the visit this weekend by Shinzo Abe will be a major step in transforming India into an economic powerhouse with Japan's help in building bullet trains, "smart cities" and accessing nuclear technology.India and Japan are set to sign a $15 billion agreement for a high-speed train linking the Indian financial hub of Mumbai with Ahmadabad, the commercial capital of Modi's home state, Gujarat. Other major priorities during Prime Minister Abe's three-day visit include discussions on a civil nuclear agreement, military purchases for India's armed forces and Japanese aid to upgrade India's creaking infrastructure.In 1998, when India conducted its nuclear tests, Japan imposed economic sanctions and cut off financial aid to India.Analysts say despite a 15 percent annual rate of increase in two-way trade, India accounts for only 1.2 percent of Japan's total trade, and Japan for 2 percent of India's.
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