DATE=8/23/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=INDIA/JAPAN (LONG) NUMBER=2-265785 BYLINE=ANJANA PASRICHA DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= INTRO: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori has concluded discussions with top Indian leaders. He is in India on a three-day visit focusing on improving bilateral and economic ties between the two countries. Anjana Pasricha reports from New Delhi, this is the first visit to India by a Japanese leader in a decade. Text: At the end of his meetings with Indian leaders, Prime Minister Mori said Wednesday, India and Japan have become global partners. Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee says the new partnership between the two countries will work for peace and development. India and Japan have decided to hold a security dialogue that will include issues such as nuclear disarmament and defense cooperation. It will the first of its kind between Tokyo and New Delhi. In his talks with Indian leaders, Mr. Mori has urged New Delhi to sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty on nuclear weapons. India's Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh says New Delhi is sensitive to Tokyo's concern, and has assured the Japanese Prime Minister that India is making efforts to join the test ban treaty. /// INSERT SINGH ACTUALITY /// We will not stand in the way of the entry into force of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and also we are engaged in the process of building a political consensus within the political community and the country in this regard. /// END SINGH ACTUALITY /// Mr. Mori's visit is expected to give a substantial boost to bilateral ties that soured after Tokyo became one of the most strident critics of New Delhi's nuclear tests two years ago. Mr. Mori has said he wants to make "India-Japan relations much better than they are now." Officials say the two countries are determined to move the relationship forward despite the wide differences they continue to have on the nuclear issue. A key focus of the Japanese leader's visit is on improving economic ties with India. Mr. Mori is accompanied by a large business delegation. During a visit to Bangalore - the hub of India's information technology industries, Mr. Mori said high technology will be an important area of cooperation between the two countries. An economic mission from Japan will visit India in October. /// REST OPT /// The defense cooperation between the two countries will focus on anti-piracy patrols by the navies of the two countries in the Indian Ocean. Pirates have been targeting oil tankers using sea lanes in the region. Mr. Mori is on a four-nation South Asian tour that has already taken him to Bangladesh and Pakistan. He visits Nepal on Friday. (signed) NEB/AP/FC 23-Aug-2000 12:09 PM EDT (23-Aug-2000 1609 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .