Japanese Prime Minister on 2-day India visit

NEW DELHI (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has begun meeting top Indian officials on a two-day state visit to India.

Noda met Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Wednesday and is expected to meet a host of business representatives before meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh later in the day. He arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday.

The Indian foreign ministry says the two leaders are expected to discuss Japanese involvement and assistance to major infrastructure development projects in India.

The two countries signed a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement in February this year.

Bilateral trade between the two nations touched $13.2 billion during January-September this year, up 24 percent from last year.