Japan, India Sign Nuclear Cooperation Pact (News)


Tokyo, Nov. 11 (Jiji Press)—Japan and India on Friday signed a bilateral nuclear cooperation pact that will enable Japan to export nuclear power plants to India.

Among countries that are not signatories of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, India at present is the only nation concluding such a pact with Japan.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told his visiting Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, that a precondition for Japanese cooperation under the pact is that India will not conduct a nuclear test.

The two major Asian countries exchanged notes that will allow Japan to stop its cooperation with India if the South Asian country carries out a nuclear test, in order to block the use of Japanese nuclear equipment and technologies for military purposes.

"The pact is a legal framework that ensures India acts in a responsible fashion for the peaceful use of nuclear energy," Abe told a joint press conference with Modi after the meeting.

Abe, Modi Ride Shinkansen Bullet Train Together

Tokyo, Nov. 12 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his visiting Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, travelled on a Shinkansen bullet train together from Tokyo to the western Japan city of Kobe on Saturday.

India has already decided to adopt the Shinkansen system for the high-speed railway between Mumbai and Ahmedabad in the country's western region. Abe took the joint Shinkansen ride with Modi as an opportunity to further pitch the Japanese bullet train technology to the South Asian country.

Ahead of their departure, Abe and Modi smiled as they were photographed on a platform at Tokyo Station with a Nozomi train in the background.

The stationmaster briefed Modi on what Shinkansen trains are about and how they are used, including the number of passengers each day.

During the ride of two hours and 45 minutes to Shin-Kobe Station on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line, Abe and Modi sat face to face in a first-class coach and chatted with each other in a friendly atmosphere.

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