Tokyo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said Make in India is already a global brand, particularly in mobile phone manufacturing, and congratulated the Indian diaspora in Japan for introducing cricket, Indian food and culture to the island nation.

He said that Japan has long worked with India in several sectors such as infrastructure, auto, and technology. Modi, who arrived in Japan on Saturday evening to attend the 13th India-Japan annual summit and spent eight hours with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in the picturesque Yamanashi prefecture, where they held informal talks and visited a factory.

"Just as how lamps light up the dark during Diwali wherever you are, you are spreading the light of India to every corner of the world and Japan and making the country proud. My best wishes are with you," PM Modi said after he was greeted by a group of Indians in Tokyo on the last day of his two-day visit.

He added: ‘India is going through a massive transformative phase today. The world is appreciating India’s efforts. The policies being made in India, the work being done towards public welfare, for these the nation is being felicitated today.”

Talking about India’s space mission, Modi said his government committed towards sending a manned space flight by 2022.

“Last year our scientists created a record by launching over 100 satellites into space simultaneously. We sent Chandrayaan and Mangalyaan at a very low expense. India is preparing to send Gaganyaan into space by 2022. It’ll be Indian in all ways and one travelling in it and it will be an Indian, Modi said.
Talking India’s ties with Japan, Abe said: "I am convinced that Prime Minister Modi's visit to Japan this time will also be fruitful as our previous meetings," he said.
Japan is lending Rs. 88,000 crore to India for the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train that will run 508 km, with 21 km in an undersea tunnel. The loan carries a minimal interest rate of 0.1%, to be repaid over half a century.

He also met Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Monday and held productive, focused discussion on bilateral, regional and global issues.

"Strengthening the strategic orientation of our relationship. Foreign Minister of Japan Taro Kono called on PM @narendramodi. Held productive and focused discussion on bilateral, regional and global issues," Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.


Japan's role in India's economic journey continues to be integral to its transformation, Kumar added.
"Minister of @METI_JPN Hiroshige Seko called on PM @narendramodi. Discussed ways to enhance our economic engagement, specially given METI's role in strengthening our economic partnership," Kumar tweeted.