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U.S., Japan to extend atomic energy cooperation pact

  • January 16, 2018
  • , Mainichi
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Tuesday’s Mainichi front-paged a story saying that it is now definite that the U.S.-Japan peaceful nuclear cooperation pact will be automatically extended and remain in force beyond the current expiration date of July 30, 2018, since neither party has chosen to terminate it. As a result, Japan will be able to maintain its nuclear fuel recycling policy involving the extraction of plutonium from spent nuclear fuel. The daily said the accord will effectively be renewed without substantive discussions between the two parties, noting that although some USG officials are concerned about Japan’s possession of a large amount of plutonium, the Trump administration has endorsed the extension.   

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