Tokyo Calling: Modi drums up India story, promise red carpet, not red tape

No place like India to do business. Blend Japan’s hardware skills and India’s software to create everyday miracles. This is economic diplomacy, with a flourish. Literally, banging the drums in a symbolic “jugalbandi,” India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a charm offensive in Tokyo and told Japanese investors that red carpet, not red tape, awaits them if they come to India.

A day after his meeting with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the two nations launched a path-breaking investment partnership, Modi played the chief salesman and choreographer of the India Story.

“There is no other place more suited to you than India,” said Modi at a meeting organised by the Japan External Trade Organisation (Jetro) and Nikkei on September 2.

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