Tokyo: Japan`s new Prime Minister Yoshihiko
Noda proposes to visit India in November to counterbalance
China`s growing influence in the region, government sources
Noda hopes to build a close relationship with Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh and other senior officials and
business leaders, Kyodo reported, quoting official sources.
If the visit comes through, it will be the first tour of
India by a Japanese Prime Minister since 2009. Noda, who took
over on September 2, will make his diplomatic debut when he
attends the annual UN General Assembly in New York, where he
is expected to hold talks with President Barack Obama.
During his visit to New Delhi, Kyodo said, "Noda is also
expected to discuss China`s growing influence with Singh."
"Japan`s economic growth is impossible without working
closely with India," the source said, adding "it is necessary
to strengthen ties with the country also in the context of
holding the rise of China in check."
Kyodo said that India and Japan had concluded a Free
Trade Agreement which came into force last month and the
accord would help Japanese firms build more footing in the
The agreement will also eliminate tariffs on 94 per cent
of two-way trade flows within ten years.
The two countries are also expected to discuss prospects
of signing a nuclear cooperation agreement and issues related
to North Korea, Kyodo said.
Earlier this month, Noda had told a meeting in Tokyo that
he wants to work closely with India as the two countries will
mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic
relations in 2012.