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Japan, India sign nuclear power agreement

All Saturday morning papers reported on a meeting between Prime Minister Abe and visiting Indian Prime Minister Modi at the Kantei on Friday, after which the two leaders signed an agreement allowing Japan to export material and technology related to nuclear power plants to India. This is the first time for Japan to sign such an agreement with a non-NPT signatory. At a joint press conference, Abe stressed the significance of the deal by saying: “This will effectively require India, which has not signed the NPT, to participate in the international non-proliferation system.” Modi reportedly said: “The cooperation will support the fight against climate change.” Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Nogami reportedly explained that the cooperation will be suspended if India conducts a nuclear test.

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