The Indian prime minister said the visit would not only boost relations between the two nations but that it was his first bilateral trip as prime minister outside the subcontinent. "I was to visit in early July but could not due to parliament session," he said. "I will visit Tokyo and Kyoto and will interact with all sections of the Japanese society from students, political leaders to captains of industry."
He also said the scale of innovation and level of precision among the people of Japan was admirable. Both nations, he said, could learn a lot from each other. "Have very warm memories of visiting Japan as (Gujarat) CM. The hospitality and the immense scope for cooperation left a deep impression in my mind." He said Japan's friendship with India was time tested. "We are two vibrant democracies committed to advancing peace and prosperity in the world."