Prior to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Japan on November 11-12, there had been ‘significant headway’ on the negotiations on a final text of the proposed Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement between the two countries.
Reportedly, both Japan and India had been working overtime to work on technical details, ahead of the PM’s visit.
India and Japan had, earlier, announced their decision ‘in principle’ on inking the civil nuclear agreement, during their last meeting in New Delhi last December. According to officials, Japan is ready to soften its stance on allowance to reprocess spent nuclear fuel from Japan-made reactors, and thereby help in the progress of two atomic projects which were under discussion will American nuclear vendors, GE Hitachi and Toshiba-Westinghouse.
Though experts believe that a nuclear pact will be helpful in transferring Japanese technology to India for civilian use, but India has as yet not signed a Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
Since heavy engineering plants, making reactor components, are the key to accelerating nuclear power plant construction, all global suppliers are contracted with orders for at least the next five years.
Officials claimed that both the countries had made progress in the negotiations on the civil nuclear cooperations.