June 20, 2014 3:24 am JST

India's Modi delays visit to Japan

SATOSHI IWAKI, Nikkei staff writer

NEW DELHI -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will postpone his visit to Japan, which had been planned for early July.

     A spokesperson from India's Ministry of External Affairs revealed Thursday that Modi sent a written communication concerning the delay to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

     Of all the major nations, the newly elected leader had planned to visit Japan first.

     The spokesperson did not disclose the reason for the delay, but the Indian prime minister is likely prioritizing his first budget session in Parliament. A new date will be set in August or later, after the budget is passed.

     Modi will still attend the BRICs summit in Brazil slated for mid-July.