Japan and France agree to boost nuclear co–operation
During an official visit on June 6th–8th to Japan’s capital, Tokyo, the French president, François Hollande, and the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, struck some major agreements on nuclear co–operation and joint development of military hardware. The summit also focused on a range of other topics, including the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).
One of the key outcomes from the visit was increased nuclear co–operation between the two industry giants. Indeed, such news should not be seen as a complete surprise given that France and Japan just won a lucrative US$22bn co–operative bid to develop Turkey’s second nuclear power plant on the Black Sea.
Both countries agreed to a five-year action plan to work together on supplying nuclear technology and infrastructure. Although Franco-Japanese relations have been solid for decades, there has been a noticeable uptick in recent years. One reason for this is the kick-off of negotiations for the Japan-EU EPA, the first round of which was concluded in April. The initial talks took place in Belgium, with a second round slated to commence in Tokyo in late June. Mr Hollande and Mr Abe both pointed to the need for a swift conclusion of the EPA.
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