Modi visit draws pledges of support from Japan

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TOKYO (AP) — Japanese government and business leaders are pledging support for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's effort to modernize his country's economy.

Modi and a delegation of more than a dozen Indian tycoons are visiting Japan, seeking to take ties between the countries to a "new level."

The Indian leader was to meet later Monday with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The two leaders, who appear to have very cordial relations, dined together in Japan's ancient capital of Kyoto during the weekend.

India is keen to gain more support for ambitious construction and energy projects. In a speech to Japanese business leaders Modi promised to set up a team to facilitate such efforts.

The two sides are also beefing up cooperation on security, with an eye toward China's growing assertiveness in the region.