Relations with China are a major issue shared by Modi and Abe, as their cooperation might balance China's growing regional influence and military assertiveness.
Highlighting the massive transformation via innovation across India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that "Make in India" is global brand today.
In an interview with Japanese media on Friday, Modi said his discussions with Abe "will be an opportunity to review our ongoing cooperation and discuss ways for expanding our relationship for promoting peace, progress and prosperity throughout the Indo-Pacific region and beyond".
"The India-Japan partnership has been fundamentally transformed and it has been strengthened as a 'special strategic and global partnership, '" Modi told Kyodo News service.
Abe will host Modi at his holiday home in the picturesque Yamanashi prefecture for a private dinner on Sunday following which both the leaders will travel to Tokyo by train.
Modi and Abe visited the FANUC Corporation, one of the largest makers of industrial robots in the world in Yamanashi, and took a tour the robotics and automation facilities. "Go to Bhubaneshwar and cheer up the Indian team and also encourage each team there", Modi said.
Besides bilateral issues, the two leaders are expected to deliberate on a range of regional and global issues including the situation in the Indo-Pacific region.
PM Modi also met several Japanese venture capitalists and attended the business leaders forum on Monday.
Following the talks, agreements were signed on cooperation between the naval forces of the two countries, healthcare, digital and new technologies, and food processing. "The policies being made in India, the work being done towards public welfare, for these the nation is being felicitated today", he said. We're manufacturing quality products not only for India but for world.
Concerns about China's expanding influence on the regional economy and USA trade policy are also bringing Japan and India closer in their economic ties.
"Jis tarah Diwali meindeepakjahanrehta hai ujalafailata hai usitarahaapbhi Japan aurduniake har konemeinapnaaurdesh ka naamroshankarein (The way a lamp spreads light on Diwali, I hope you all make India proud in Japan and every corner of the world)", added PM Modi.
Till now, the 2+2 dialogue between India and Japan was held at the vice-ministerial level.