India is building a high-speed rail line, with Japanese technology. Starting in 2023, the Shinkansen will transport passengers from Mumbai to Ahmedabad in just two hours.
Deadly accidents, dirty stations and coaches, decrepit equipment and unpunctual trains mark India's vast, outdated and inefficient rail infrastructure. Will Japanese bullet trains make a difference?
Japan has opened its first bullet-train service to the northern island of Hokkaido, where stops include the ski resorts and the port city of Hakodate. The train operators hope to compete with airlines.
Japan and India have agreed on several high-profile deals including on high-speed rail and defense technology. They have also decided to work towards cooperation in civil-nuclear technology.
Amid China's muscle-flexing in Asia, Japan's PM Shinzo Abe will embark on a three-day India visit, hoping to seal key defense and trade deals, as well as a civil nuclear pact. DW examines the Indo-Japanese partnership.
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