After playing the flute, Prime Minister Narendra Modi drums up a storm in Japan

Tuesday, 2 September 2014 - 2:30pm IST | Agency: dna webdesk

Amidst his grand five-day Japan tour, Prime Minister Narendra Modi found time to play the Japanese ceremonial drums with panache on Tuesday. Participating in a light moment with taiko drummers, Modi took to the drums with surprising ease at the inauguration of the Technology and Culture Academy in Tokyo.

The diplomatic visit resulted in a number of deals including Japan's pledge of $33.8 billion assistance to India towards infrastructure projects, smart cities, rejuvenation of the Ganga river and bullet trains. Bilateral issues of regional and global importance to the two countries were also discussed, including India's position on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Japan wanted explicit guarantees from India, which has not signed the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, to limit atomic tests and allow closer inspection of its facilities to ensure that spent fuel is not used to make bombs.

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