Modi calls on Tokyo school, invites Japanese teachers to India

While stressing on building language ties between the two nations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday called on Japanese teachers to impart their language skills to Indian learners.

hidden September 01, 2014 08:33:46 IST
Modi calls on Tokyo school, invites Japanese teachers to India

Tokyo: Before his meeting with Japanese Prime Minister, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on a Tokyo school, where apart from briefly playing the role of class teacher, he invited Japanese teachers to impart their language skills to Indian learners.

Modi calls on Tokyo school invites Japanese teachers to India

Narendra Modi with Japan PM Shinzo Abe. AFP

Modi was speaking in an interactive session at the Taimei Elementary School here on Monday morning as he began his second full day of the five-day trip to Japan.

"We are trying to teach Japanese language in our schools. We need teachers for that. I invite you all to come to India and teach," Modi said in a tweet posted on a PMO account.

Modi noted that there is a need for the Asian countries to be more prepared in area of education. He said, "The world has accepted that the 21st century is Asia's century, but we have to ask have we prepared ourselves for it."

The Taimei Elementary school, a 136-year-old institution, was destroyed by an earthquake.

The school was later reconstructed.

Modi empathised with the incident, recalling how an earthquake had jolted Bhuj in Gujarat in 2001.

Here's what the Ministry of External Affairs tweeted:

 

Modi has talks with Prime Minister Abe later on Monday where issues ranging from investments to nuclear energy are likely to be discussed.

with IANS inputs

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