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Japan visit a huge success, PM Modi tells Tokyo Indians, urges them to fulfil 'Clean India' mission

Sep 02, 2014 05:32 PM IST India India

Tokyo: India is no more a land of snake-charmers, in fact it has revolutionised the world of computer technology, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he addressed the Indian community in Tokyo, a day ahead of wrapping up his five-day Japan visit.

"My computer engineer friend had superstitious image about India. I told him now things have changed. Earlier we used to play with snakes but now we play with 'mouse' that shakes the world," said PM.

Appreciating NRIs and the role they play in their respective countries' economies, PM urged Tokyo Indians to lend a hand in keeping India clean. He said, "I am taking up a big challenge to clean up India. This is a difficult job but someone had to take the initiative. Please communicate to Indians to clean India like Japan through social networking medium."

Having signed five key agreements with Japan including the Varanasi-Kyoto pact, Modi lauded Japan's decision to invest over $33 billion in India over the next five years, apparently the highest ever by another country. He said, "India and Japan took several good decisions. We have heard billion, million but for the first time 'trillion' word will be discussed a lot. 3.5 trillion Yen investment in India.. huge amount."

With this, Prime Minister added that his Japan tour has been a huge success.

Emphasising on the role the two countries will play in the coming days, Modi reiterated, "Everyone says 21st century belonged to Asia. But the fate and future of this century will depend on the friendship between India and Japan."

Modi said that he gifted the Bhagwad Gita to Japanese PM Shinzo Abe. He mocked the "secular forces" back home saying that his gift might trigger a debate. However, there cannot be a more apt gift than a Bhagwad Gita, he insisted.

In an effort to promote tourism in India, Modi asked the Indian community in Japan to inspire five Japanese families to visit India. Also, Modi invited the NRIs in Japan to voice their opinion and make suggestions on the running of government. "We have launched a website MyGov. Request you to look at the website and give constructive suggestions," said PM.