Indo-Japan Relations on a ‘Bullet’ Ride

September 14th, Japanese PM embarked on his two day journey to India for annual Indo-Japan summit. The visit was particularly significant, coming as it did in the background of BRICS summit and post-doklam crisis. It would be worth mentioning here that Japan was the only country which openly endorsed India’s stand in Doklam crisis. The bilateral visit achieved little concrete success except for the much hyped bullet train inauguration. Their joint statement provides us with an excellent document to review the outcome of this visit. We will also try to compare it with last year’s joint communique to get a better perspective.