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India, Japan Civil Nuclear Deal

India and Japan on 11th November signed a landmark civil nuclear cooperation deal after talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterpart Shinzo Abe, a move that will boost bilateral economic and security ties and facilitate US-based players to set up atomic plants in India.
The two countries had reached a broad agreement for cooperation in civil nuclear energy sector during Abe's visit to India in December 2015, but the deal was yet to be signed as some issues were yet to be worked out.

The deal would allow Japan to export nuclear technology to India, making it the first non-NPT signatory to have such a deal with Tokyo. It would also cement the bilateral economic and security ties as the two countries warm up to counter an assertive China.

There was political resistance in Japan - the only country to suffer atomic bombings during World War II - against a nuclear deal with India, particularly after the disaster at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in 2011.

Japan is a major player in the nuclear energy market and an atomic deal with it will make it easier for US-based nuclear plant makers Westinghouse Electric Corporation and GE Energy Inc to set up atomic plants in India as both these conglomerates have Japanese investments.

Other nations who have signed civil nuclear deal with India include the US, Russia, South Korea, Mongolia, France, Namibia, Argentina, Canada, Kazakhstan and Australia.

India-Japan signs 10 pacts in various sectors:
Besides the big nuclear moment, India and Japan signed pacts cutting across sectors like Skill Development Outer Space, Agriculture, Infrastructure, Textiles, Culture and Sports.

In a joint statement both countries called upon all countries to eliminate terrorist safe havens and stop cross-border movement of terrorists.

On South China Sea the two Prime Ministers stressed on resolving disputes by peaceful means, in accordance with universally recognised principles of international law in what is being interpreted by observers as a message to China.

On the issue of terrorism, PM Modi said that India and Japan stood united in their resolve to combat the menace, especially that of cross border terrorism. He thanked Japan for supporting India at the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

PM Modi said that the frequency of interactions between India and Japan demonstrates the drive, dynamism and depth of ties the two nations share.

On the people to people front, PM Modi spelt out extended 'Visa-On Arrival' facility available to all Japanese nationals since March 2016 and a long-term 10-year visa facility the India offers to eligible Japanese business persons.

On his part, PM Shinzo Abe also said that visa rules for Indian nationals would be further relaxed and that Japanese companies will train 30,000 people as part of the skill India mission.

All in all PM Modi's second visit to Japan has proved to be highly fruitful in taking the relations between the two nations to historic heights.
Published date : 12 Nov 2016 02:09PM

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