"In view of budgets and production schedules a new acquisition of around 25 planes is appropriate," said one of the sources with knowledge of the plan. The sources asked not to be identified because they are not authorized to speak to the media.
The incident is the third time this year that Tokyo has reported a cargo transfer by a North Korean vessel in violation of UN sanctions over Pyongyang's banned nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.
The trade data came on the heels of the Reuters Tankan survey that found Japanese manufacturers' confidence deteriorated sharply in February, pointing to global stock market turmoil and the yen undermining business sentiment.
Vardhan also met Fiji's Attorney-General and Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and discussed various issues related to climate change issues
The two leaders confirmed in phone talks on Wednesday night there would be "no meaningful dialogue" unless North Korea agreed on "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization," the ministry said in its statement.
Gross domestic product in the fourth quarter of last year rose 0.1 per cent from the previous three months, the Cabinet Office said.
Gross domestic product (GDP) was estimated to have expanded at an annualised rate of 0.9 percent in the fourth quarter of last year, the poll of 19 analysts found.
The Indo-Japanese partnership will set up a 2.6-2.7 million tonnes a year floating LNG receipt facility off the island's western coast, bigger than the previously envisaged 1.5-2 million tonnes a year facility.
The move into Japan underscores a recent push by Didi to beef up its presence in markets outside China, although it will face challenges to expand its services in a country where existing taxi companies are lobbying hard against deregulation.
The Financial Services Agency (FSA) last Friday swooped on Coincheck Inc for surprise checks of its systems after the Tokyo-based operator had $530 million in digital money stolen by hackers.
Earlier it was planned that the marriage will take place on the 4th of November at a Tokyo hotel, while the ceremony to exchange betrothal gifts was planned for March 4th
SoftBank has long relied on its domestic telecoms business, which makes up a third of overall sales but two-thirds of profit, as a stable source of cash that can be diverted to its growing number of investments around the world.
The company is also looking at the option of bringing vehicles based on its "e-Power" gasoline hybrid technology to Southeast Asia.
Japan's Nikkei 225 was down 6.71 percent, or 1,522.70 points, as stocks across sectors pulled back. Automakers, financials and technology names were lower in the morning, with Toyota down 4.75 percent.
Abe rebuffed the view the Bank of Japan's 2 percent inflation target was too ambitious for a country mired in two decades of deflation, saying the central bank's commitment and actions to hit the target had helped revive the economy.
Operating profit at Japan's No. 4 automaker came in at 86.9 billion yen ($790.36 million) in October-December, jumping from 51.85 billion yen a year earlier and exceeding a median forecast of 77.49 billion yen from nine analysts polled by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
The two Koreas have agreed to march together under the unification flag -- a pale blue silhouette of the peninsula -- at the Games' opening ceremony on February 9, and to form a combined women's ice hockey team.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference that detailed schedules of Pence's stay in Japan are being arranged.
Last year was also the year of Japan-India Friendly Exchanges with around 200 cultural events being held in India and Japan.
The world's largest retailer, officially known as Wal-Mart Stores Inc , said on Thursday the service will launch in the latter half of 2018.
Khosrowshahi will visit Japan and India in the week of February 19 to meet with high-ranking government officials, regulators, business partners and employees, an Uber spokesman said.
There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties from the quake.
A survey out on Wednesday showed Japanese manufacturing activity expanded in January at the fastest pace in almost four years, reporting solid output and employment levels.
The FDI inflow from the island nation was at USD 84.74 million in the fiscal 2006-07, the report titled 'India Japan Roadmap Towards Realising Vision 2025' said.
Japan has logged seven straight quarters of economic expansion to end-September, its longest uninterrupted stretch of growth since 1994. Tokyo stock prices are at their highest in 26 years while quarterly data shows corporate profits are near an all-time high.