During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Japan next week, India and Japan are likely to sign the much-awaited civil nuclear cooperation agreement as both sides have now completed all the internal procedures.
In December 2015, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had visited New Delhi and the two countries had agreed to sign a broad agreement for cooperation with regards to civil nuclear energy.
On November 4, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said now that these legal and technical aspects have also been sorted out, both the countries have completed the internal procedures required for the pact to be signed.
Japan is a major player in the field of nuclear energy and atomic market and a deal with them will be really beneficial for India. It would also make it easier for the US-based nuclear plant makers such Westinghouse Electric Corporation and GE Energy Inc to set up their atomic plants in India.
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Swarup also said that PM has welcomed the increased interaction between both the countries and has now called for a strengthening of exchanges between State-level legislatures.
“The Prime Minister welcomed the initiative of Toshihiro Nikai to raise awareness about the threat posed by tsunamis, and sought strengthening of bilateral cooperation in the field of disaster risk reduction and disaster management.”