The move is intended as a safeguard against a possible embargo by China, a top global producer of rare earths, amid the Japan-China territorial dispute over the Senkaku Islands.
India is expected to supply 4,000 tons of rare earths, 15 percent of Japan’s annual needs.
Japan has been trying to diversify its import sources of rare earth elements, which are vital in producing high-tech products, such as smartphones.
During Singh’s Nov. 15-18 visit, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and Singh are also expected to announce bilateral cooperation toward the introduction of Japan’s bullet train system in India in a joint statement.
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