Indian's Singh to visit Japan in late May

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will travel to Japan on May 27 for a three-day official visit, Indian government sources said Friday.

Speaking to Kyodo News in New Delhi, the sources said that Singh would be accompanied by a high-level delegation including National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon and Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai.

Among the issues that are likely to be discussed during Singh's meeting with the Japanese leadership would be civil nuclear energy, defense, countering global terror, natural disaster management, and infrastructure development.

"All issues of bilateral concerns would be taken up during the meetings. The agenda is being drafted and will be formally announced soon," one of the sources said.

Singh's scheduled visit to Japan in November last year was postponed in the wake of "political developments" in the archipelago nation.

During the visit, the Indian premier will also likely discuss with the Japanese leadership the possibilities and probabilities of introducing Japan's high-speed railway system to India. Japan is keen on exporting its shinkansen bullet train technology to the South Asian country.

The bilateral nuclear energy talks stalled following Japan's March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which triggered a nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in northeastern Japan.

Notably, India and Japan are fast emerging as allies in terms of countering China's growing assertiveness in Asia. Both India and Japan have border disputes pending with China, and accuse Beijing of intruding into their respective territories.

India and Japan held a meeting of senior officials with the United States -- the forth trilateral dialogue -- in Washington on Wednesday and discussed cooperation on maritime security, according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry.