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India, Japan sign accords on bullet train, military sales; close in on nuclear cooperation

  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe are about to shake hands before their meeting, in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015. Modi hopes the visit of Abe will be a major step in transforming India into an economic powerhouse with Japan's help in building bullet trains, "smart cities" and nuclear technology exchange. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe are about to shake hands before their meeting, in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015. Modi hopes the visit of Abe will be a major step in transforming India into an economic powerhouse with Japan's help in building bullet trains, "smart cities" and nuclear technology exchange. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)  (The Associated Press)

  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo walk for their meeting, in New Delhi, India , Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015. Modi hopes the visit of Abe will be a major step in transforming India into an economic powerhouse with Japan's help in building bullet trains, "smart cities" and nuclear technology exchange. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo walk for their meeting, in New Delhi, India , Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015. Modi hopes the visit of Abe will be a major step in transforming India into an economic powerhouse with Japan's help in building bullet trains, "smart cities" and nuclear technology exchange. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)  (The Associated Press)

  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, shows the way to his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe as they arrive for their meeting, in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015. Modi hopes the visit of Abe will be a major step in transforming India into an economic powerhouse with Japan's help in building bullet trains, "smart cities" and nuclear technology exchange. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, shows the way to his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe as they arrive for their meeting, in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015. Modi hopes the visit of Abe will be a major step in transforming India into an economic powerhouse with Japan's help in building bullet trains, "smart cities" and nuclear technology exchange. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)  (The Associated Press)

India and Japan have signed agreements on military purchases for India's armed forces, high-speed trains and upgrading India's infrastructure.

They also reached an agreement for cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear energy, with the final deal to be signed after technical details are finalized.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday described the agreements as a new era of cooperation between the two countries.

Abe told reporters that Japan's cooperation with India in the nuclear field will be limited to peaceful objectives.

India has been trying to upgrade its military equipment and the possible sale of US-2 amphibious aircraft could be Japan's first major military transfer since lifting a postwar ban on the export of defense equipment in 2014.