Indian PM Modi tweets in Japanese prior to visit

Indian PM Modi tweets in Japanese prior to visit

NEW DELHI - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was to arrive in Japan on Saturday, tweeted his expectations in Japanese two days before.

It is likely that Modi, who is known for being pro-Japanese, hopes to communicate well with the Japanese people to strengthen relationships between the two countries, especially in the economic field.

Explaining that one of his friends from Japan had asked him to address the Japanese people directly using their language, Modi posted messages in Japanese eight times on Twitter.

"I see the Japan visit as an opportunity to take our ties with Japan to a new level and increase cooperation in various fields," he said. The prime minister also said he was looking forward to meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, saying "I deeply respect his leadership."

In response to those messages, Abe replied that he is eagerly awaiting Modi's arrival.

Modi's Twitter account has about 6 million followers. According to sources in the Indian prime minister's office, Modi's aides translated his messages.

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