Arun Jaitley

Eyeing investments from Asia’s second-biggest economy, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said his visit to Japan is aimed at taking India growth story forward with investors so as to make them invest in a host of sectors, including infrastructure.

“We already have over a thousand Japanese companies which have invested in India. (Japanese) Prime Minister (Shinzo) Abe seeks to double it and therefore, I would be meeting individually as well as collectively a large number of investors,” said Mr. Jaitley, who arrived here yesterday on a 6-day tour.

Apart from investors, the Minister will meet Mr. Abe and other Japanese government officials.

“The whole idea is to take the India story forward with them,” said Mr. Jaitley, who attended ‘The Future of Asia’ conference in Tokyo on Monday. He did not speak at the conference.

Stating that there are investors and companies that are keen to participate in the growth of Indian infrastructure, he said the SoftBank group is looking at one of the biggest investments in solar energy.

“They have made considerable headway already. They have identified the location and probably (it) will be one of the largest investments in those areas,” he said.

Mr. Jaitley had met SoftBank Chief Executive Masayoshi Son in Tokyo on Sunday.