Koyoto, 30 August 2014: The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, today witnessed the signing of the Varanasi-Kyoto Partner City affiliation MoU between the Governments of India and Japan at the State Guest House Kyoto. The agreement was signed by Deepa Gopalan Wadhwa, Ambassador of India in Japan, and Daisaku Kadokawa, the Mayor of Kyoto.
The MoU focuses on heritage conservation, and cooperation in art, culture and academics. It will also serve as a framework for the smart heritage cities programme.
The Prime Minister was received by Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan at the State Guest House in Kyoto. Abe travelled from Tokyo to Kyoto to personally receive the Prime Minister.
Earlier today, the Prime Minister arrived at Kansai International Airport, Osaka. He was received by Yagi, Ambassador of Japan in India, and Yamazaki, Chief of Protocol, Ministry of Foreign Affairs,Government of Japan, and the Ambassador of India in Japan, Deepa Gopalan Wadhwa.