Narendra Modi among 3 who Japan PM Shinzo Abe follows on Twitter

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    New Delhi, May 20, 2014 | UPDATED 18:23 IST
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    Abe Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (@AbeShinzo) has lakhs of followers on Twitter but he follows only three people. These include Akie Abe, his wife of 27 years, Naoki Inose, a Japanese journalist, historian, social critic and biographer of literary figures, and Narendra Modi.
    Abe, whose comeback to power in 2012 gave Japan both hope and pride, had also called up India's PM-elect soon after it became clear that he was coming to power with BJP's impressive win.
    Even though the Japanese premier's good wishes came 'offline', Modi again took to Twitter to thank him. The newly appointed prime minister of India specifically mentioned that his Japanese counterpart had continued to be in touch with him during his tenure as Gujarat Chief Minister, even though he was a diplomatic pariah for the western countries.
    "Personally, I have a wonderful experience of working with Japan as CM. I am sure we will take India-Japan ties to newer heights," Modi tweeted.
    A screenshot of the Twitter account of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
    There are strikin similarities in the rise of the two leaders. Just as Abe's return to power in late 2012, after six years of political instability, reflected Japan's determination to reinvent itself as a more competitive and confident country, Modi rides on the Indian voters' strong sentiment for growth and development after years of policy paralysis.
    Drawing .a comparison between the two leaders, analyst and strategic thinker Brahma Chellaney writes: "The 63-year-old Modi mirrors Abe's soft nationalism, market-oriented economics, and new Asianism, seeking close ties with Asian democracies to create a web of interlocking strategic partnerships."
    Their models of development, Abe's in Japan and Modi's in Gujarat, have been similar too. Abe's comeback into the political arena and his push for economic recovery after years of fiscal doldrums have given the country reason to believe a lasting recovery is finally in sight. Abe's set of economic policies, known as "Abenomics," were designed to increase consumer spending, helping to drive the economy and turn around deflation.
    Abe has expressed his desire to strengthen relations with the Southeast Asian region, politically and economically. His new-found confidence in Modi could change the global power axis, creating a new front away from the West.
    Narendra Modi among 3 who Japan PM Shinzo Abe follows on Twitter : India, News - India Today

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