Japan will export N-technology if required: Noda
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Last Updated: Friday, December 02, 2011, 15:11
Tokyo: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said on Friday that Japan will consider exporting its nuclear technology, in principle, as long as it is still wanted by other countries.

Noda said Japan will not provide its nuclear technology and expertise to any country without restriction, noting that peaceful use and other requirements must be ensured.

But Noda told a House of Representatives panel he believes it is "meaningful to provide things with high levels of safety" to other countries.

Noda's remarks came as Japan's bilateral civil nuclear cooperation accords with Jordan, Russia, South Korea and Vietnam are due to be approved by parliament this month, despite public concerns about the safety of atomic power in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.

The accords, which will lay the legal foundations for Japanese companies to supply nuclear equipment and technology to other countries, were approved by the committee on foreign affairs in the afternoon.

Japan signed the pacts with the four countries before the world's worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl occurred at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Before the crisis, the government led by the Democratic Party of Japan regarded exporting the country's nuclear technology, especially to fast-growing economies, as one of the most promising ways to generate economic growth.


First Published: Friday, December 02, 2011, 15:11

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