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Abe attends ceremony for new Indian railway using Japanese technology

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Congratulation. Both countries will. be benefitted. How about in USA?

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That security team looks like they mean business. I wonder what's in that briefcase.

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In America, bullet trains do not spread despite Japan's sales promotions. It may be because Americans consider railroads are the transportation systems of the past.

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Strategically.... a good move, especially since China and India have had tensions raised quite a bit lately. Whatever you might think, Worldwide Politics and Power is a game of Deception, Perception, Alliances, Favors, Subterfuge, Technology, Military, and Economics. Quite often, when any country complains about another one and makes its grievances known to the Media.... it is actually something else they want. Japan is being taken seriously around the world... and Abe is the reason.

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Any reason why they choose suzuki samurai for Abe?

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@sensei258 bulletproof briefcase shield

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It may be because Americans consider railroads are the transportation systems of the past.

I dont think so. Very few toll roads, cheap gas, no annual expensive shaken, housing is spread out, many more reasons. The Shinkansen is more convenient than flying but just as expensive.

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@Schopenhauer

 It may be because Americans consider railroads are the transportation systems of the past.

America has the world's most sophisticated and efficient freight rail system.

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Knowing the corruption level in India and the fact that 85% of the project funding comes from Japan (taxpayers funding?) and adding to generally poor quality of Indian built infrastructure, wonder if this project will ever make profit. We will see.

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That level of safety for Abe in that open top vehicle. I hope a great level of transportation improvement is bestowed upon the people of India. The trains were screaming for an upgrade when I was there. Overcrowding, dangerously low levels of train safety and near non-existence level of maintenance would greatly be improved with the introduction of these new trains.

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Multi billionaires gave up planning between Vegas ad S. Calif ow.

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dahuiToday 07:20 am JSTAny reason why they choose suzuki samurai for Abe?

It's probably a Maruti-Suzuki Gypsy. Made in India.

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Is that a Jimny?

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This trip is actually positive in all aspects. The bromance between these 2, strange as it is, will do good things for Japan. J businesses appear to be receiving leg ups over other foreign rivals, the entry of Japanese HSR tech is a game changer if it goes successfully. Not to mention the very strategic military ties as a counterweight to China. Very good news!

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That security team looks like they mean business. I wonder what's in that briefcase.

Probably Modi's launch codes and control center.

Similar to the US president's "nuclear football."

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@Peter K Knowing the corruption level in India and the fact that 85% of the project funding comes from Japan (taxpayers funding?) 

This is not aid, it is concessional loan which will be repaid by India in span of 50 years. It is a win-win situation for both countries, Japanese companies will get a new project (and this is huge) while India will learn to build and operate a bullet train from Japan. As far as profit making is concerned, you are underestimating the power of Indian economy, India is the third largest economy on PPP basis (Purchasing Power Parity) and this route is the busiest route of the country which will connect Mumbai (Financial Capital) - Ahmedabad (again a major industrial city) - Delhi+ (national capital + NCR- Major Industrial area). So this will be a huge profit making project.

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Remember India's stance at the WWII War crime trials.

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Not constructive and useless input. Like asking do they know about British colonies, etc

Remember India's stance at the WWII War crime trials

Unlike all the other dark WWII history, this piece of WWII history has never been discussed and acknowledged by the Japanese or even the UN and forget any compensation, simply white washed.

And that was the Lawyer's stance, not the Indian stance, given the above history the Indian a.k.a INA stance would have been very different.

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You know how ridiculous you sound. I am sure India is fully aware and a lawyer represents who?

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If current Indian government don't care why do you? You got a bone to grind got that.

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I think that this is a great opportunity to share information and technology to improve millions of peoples lives, the only down side to this is the cost of the ticket, in wealthy nations they can afford the ticket prices, but India is a very poor country so what will the ticket prices be for some one to travel on it? I've seen lots of programs on TV all about India, the outstanding thing to me is that it is filthy, which is the opposite to Japan, since India is a very poor country it does not have money to invest in good transport, what comes across is that every thing is make do or poorly repaired, to keep the Shinkansen trains in tip top condition they are maintained by a loyal and dedicated team, for some reason I just can't see this happening in India. The Indian government are trying to promote the use of toilets, it is a well known fact that people, well shall we say deficit in the street on a regular basis, thus leading to a lot of health problems, may be Mr Abe san should start promoting the all singing and dancing toilets !!

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Dear's most welcome in great japanese bullet Train in great india congratulations to hon'ble great both country's to the prime minister 's.

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Spoke to some Indians today who all expressed shock at this being installed.

They said there is absolutely no need for a high speed train and India lacks the infrastructure. It's a good diplomatic move, and maybe one for the future.

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Brian Wheway

I agree with a lot of that. I don't mean to insult at all when I say that Japan would be doing India a lot more good if it used this money to install tens of thousands of toilets in Indian cities. It would probably create jobs too building, maintaining, and cleaning.

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The thin briefcase is a Kevlar lined ballstic shield, seen it on some youtube channels for security training.

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Which could very well hold the presidential launch codes and control console.

You know, like the one Bill Clinton lost in a janitor cabinet for several months, and Obama's security detail carried to the Hiroshima peace ceremony. Oh, Trump has it now....

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Where does Japan make Money in this one ?

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A lot of Japan's foreign infrastructure deals are not about immediate profit, but increasing influence, creating economic allies, and future opportunities.

Theres also, sometimes a spoonful of WW2 guilt, such as the ODA that Japan still pays to many Asian nations, china and Korea included.

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Beerdiliveryguy

Agree! Soft power.

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Where does Japan make Money in this one ?

Japan, Inc. makes money. The loan will be used by India to mostly purchase Japanese technology, along with, of course, the Japanese engineers and staff who will go over to India and 'instruct' (read, run) the project. I bet most of the steel used for the tracks, etc will be Japanese steel (because as we all know, Japanese steel is better and the only steel worthy for a Shinkansen style train), etc.

Meanwhile, India will pay back the loan, which will be used mostly for the purchase of Japanese tech and know how, for the next fifty years.

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All India really wants is the bullet-train technology that can be copied and made in India like the way China did before. But by the time India technicians learn and copy the technology it is already outdated. Hopefully India will be as innovative as China by then. Japan needs to sell the technology to India to gain access into a very difficult market due to its steep price and not so exclusive technology. India is the only nation that accepts Japan, after Japan spent many years and many attempts to sell it in SE Asia. Japan offers so attractive soft loans and payment terms that are very hard to refuse to get the order. But as mentioned by a number of people here the high-speed train ride will be out of reach by average Indian people so it is just a show case for both India and Japan. People in India would be more pleased with rebuilding of the existing train network that is affordable and can help average people around the country. And, that is another story for China.

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Where does Japan make Money in this one ?

it doesn't. Japanese heavy industry employers need to have something to work on, given the shrinking scale of their home market and foreign competition, and the fact Japanese society doesn't tolerate worker layoffs. Meanwhile Japan is obligated to provide assistance to the developing world. So this project makes a good excuse.

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flowersToday 05:16 am JSTAll India really wants is the bullet-train technology that can be copied and made in India like the way China did before

I hope the stuff India makes doesn't break.

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How pathetic! Everything Japan does these days is to balance China. The whole nation is in deep paranoia.

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I still have to ask the question, where does Japan makes it's money on this one. Sure, you can say we're buying goodwill, or a foot in the door, with the current Indian Government - but like the wind direction, Governments also change. What guarantee to the Japanese Public tax payer has been made that this is anything other than a good deal ?

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Because things like railroads and vital infrastructure need constant maintenance and don't disappear just because the president changes.

Yes it is somewhat of a gamble. But apparently the strategic and economic/political benefits outweigh the risks.

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Both PM Abe and Mrs Akie Abe were looking superb in Indian dress during the 8 k.m road show in Ahmedabad .

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