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In a first, an “excited” Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday tweeted in Japanese ahead of his visit to Japan to strike a chord with its people whose “scale of innovation” he admired.
In a series of tweets, Modi talked of his five-day visit beginning August 30, saying he looks forward to it and recalled his warm memories of his earlier trip there as the chief minister of Gujarat. “Friends from Japan asked me to talk to the people of Japan directly in Japanese. I also thank them for helping with the translation,” he tweeted. Modi, who will be embarking on his first bilateral visit outside the subcontinent since becoming the Prime Minister in May, said he was “excited” to meet his Japan counterpart, Shinzo Abe, whose leadership he “deeply respects”. He said he would be visiting Tokyo and Kyoto and will interact with all sections of Japanese society. “(The) scale of innovation and level of precision among the people of Japan is admirable,” he said.