Japan has offered help to India in building road infrastructure in strategically important Northeast. The offer was made by visiting Japanese Minister for Land, Infrastructure and Tourism Akihiro Ohta during his meeting with Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari. Ohta said Japan has expertise in constructing roads in mountainous regions and can “actively contribute” in building such infrastructure in the Northeast. The Japanese move comes weeks after Prime Minister Narendra Modi undertook a successful visit to the country where he sought help in improving India’s infrastructure. Japan has promised US$35 billion to India through public and private funding over five years for various works, including building of infrastructure.