Japan-U.S. Nuclear Deal Extended Automatically

Economy Politics

Tokyo, July 17 (Jiji Press)--The Japan-U.S. nuclear cooperation pact was automatically renewed on Tuesday following its expiration 30 years after it took effect.

The accord came into force in July 1988. It allows Japan to stockpile plutonium that can be diverted to nuclear weapons in exchange for its promise to use nuclear power for peaceful purposes.

Japan's nuclear fuel cycle program, which includes the reuse of plutonium extracted from spent nuclear fuel for electricity generation, is based on the pact.

The extension made it possible for the pact to be terminated by either side with a six months' notice, raising concerns about a possible U.S. influence on Japan's energy policy.

A Japanese government official said that the United States is unlikely to terminate the accord, citing the bilateral alliance.

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