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Top diplomats from Japan, India discuss bilateral cooperation

  • January 8, 2016
  • , Asahi , NHK
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Asahi reported on a vice foreign ministerial meeting held yesterday in Tokyo between Japan and India, during which the officials discussed the agreed-upon signing of a bilateral civil nuclear cooperation treaty and enhanced security collaboration, including Japan’s provision of US-2 amphibious aircraft designed for air-sea rescue operations.

 

In a related story, NHK reported this morning that the GOJ has decided to forgo submitting the Japan-India nuclear agreement to the current Diet session, although concluding the deal would require Diet approval. Noting that the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have expressed regret over the pact since India has conducted nuclear tests in the past and is not a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, the network quoted a senior MOFA official as saying that the content of the deal must be able to withstand tough debate at the Diet. The network also said some within the GOJ feel that Tokyo should not hasten to conclude the deal in light of the upcoming Upper House election in the summer.  

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