Japanese transport minister Takeshi Maeda and Indian Railways Minister Dinesh Trivedi agreed Thursday to set up a high-level bilateral committee at an early time to exchange views toward India's possible adoption of Japan's Shinkansen bullet train system for high-speed train projects in the South Asian nation.
Both the Japanese and Indian sides proposed the establishment of the panel, which may be comprised mainly of the vice ministers of the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, and India's Railways Ministry.
The precise timing for setting up the committee and specific agenda items have not been decided yet, according to sources with access to the meeting.
At a press conference after the meeting, Maeda said that Japan attaches top priority on the safety and punctuality in the Shinkansen operations.
Maeda added he explained technological features and philosophy of the bullet train system at the meeting and obtained understanding from the Indian side.