Japan, India to step up security, economic cooperation

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, watches Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi drink a bowl of green tea during a tea ceremony at a tea hut of the Omotesenke, one of the main schools of Japanese tea ceremony, in Tokyo Monday.  AP Photo/Yuya Shino, Pool

The Associated Press

TOKYO —Japan and India agreed Monday to step up their economic and security cooperation as visiting Prime Minister Narendra Modi won pledges of support for his effort to revitalize the lagging Indian economy.

Modi, who brought a delegation of more than a dozen Indian tycoons to Japan, said he hopes to elevate still relatively low-key business ties with Japan to a “new level.”

In a joint statement issued after their talks, the two leaders reaffirmed the importance of upgrading defense ties, a priority for both given China’s growing assertiveness in the region. Modi also welcomed Japan’s relaxation of restrictions on exports…

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