Japan, France to expand cooperation on nuclear tech
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Japan, France to expand cooperation on nuclear tech

Despite 2011 disaster at Fukushima, Japanese PM keen on exporting country’s atomic advancements

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (photo credit: TTTNIS/Wikimedia Commons)
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (photo credit: TTTNIS/Wikimedia Commons)

TOKYO (AP) — Japan and France have agreed to cooperate more on nuclear technology and to discuss joint development of military equipment, vowing to raise the tenor of their partnership.

Visiting French President Francois Hollande and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe issued a joint statement Friday pledging to prevent nuclear proliferation while raising safety standards for nuclear energy.

Abe is keen to promote Japanese exports of atomic technology despite the disaster in northeastern Fukushima following the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami. Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Areva of France are cooperating on construction of a reactor in Turkey.

Summit talks were followed by the exchange of agreements on various joint projects, including nuclear fuel recycling and tourism promotion.

Hollande’s three-day state visit ends Saturday.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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