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Narendra Modi tweets in Japanese ahead of Japan visit

August 28, 2014 10:57 am | Updated November 17, 2021 01:00 am IST - New Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday morning took to tweeting in Japanese, two days before he sets off on his first >visit to Japan . Of the eight tweets posted in Japanese, he tagged two to his counterpart Shinzo Abe.

Explaining the reason for tweeting in Japanese, Mr. Modi in a separate tweet said in English, “Friends from Japan asked me to talk to the people of Japan directly in Japanese. I also thank them for helping with the translation.”

Instead of the Prime Minister’s official Twitter handle, he used his personal handle to reach out to the Japanese in their own script.

Mr. Modi’s tweets in Japanese found immediate traction with many retweeting them and others wondering whether his account had been hacked. For the most part, the responses were from Indians and the diaspora with some Japanese joining the chatter to thank him for the effort.

The Prime Minister will visit Tokyo and Kyoto in what will be his first bilateral outside the sub-continent. His earlier bilateral visits have been to Bhutan and Nepal. He was to have undertaken this visit in July but, according to the Prime Minister’s Office, it had to be >rescheduled owing to the Parliament session.

During his election campaign, there have been several instances when Mr. Modi began his speeches with a few words in the mother tongue of the area. And, since becoming premier he has donned local attire during his visits within the country — the latest case in point being his Leh visit earlier this month — in a throwback to the days of late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

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