JAPAN | Japan to continue nuclear exports

Posted on August 5, 2011


JAPAN | NHK | 5 August 2011

The Japanese government says it will continue exporting nuclear technology for now, despite Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s recent remarks calling for a review of the nation’s nuclear policy.

The Japanese cabinet approved on Friday a document confirming that Japan should continue ongoing negotiations and uphold past agreements.

The document says Japan should provide its nuclear power technology to countries that wish to use it, while ensuring the highest standards of safety.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano later told reporters that the government’s decision is not inconsistent with the prime minister’s recent remarks.

Edano said what is important is to compile policies on nuclear technology cooperation at an early date, based on conclusions drawn from the Fukushima nuclear accident.

Until the March accident, the government had been promoting nuclear plant exports as part of the nation’s growth strategy.

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