21 Juillet 2017
July 21, 2017
Japan-India nuclear pact takes effect
A pact that allows Japan to export its nuclear power technology to India for peaceful purposes has taken effect.
It entered into force after Japan's Ambassador to India, Kenji Hiramatsu, and Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar exchanged documents in New Delhi on Thursday.
The deal, signed by both governments last November, also enables the countries to exchange know-how on nuclear materials and plant equipment.
Some in Japan are deeply concerned about the agreement. India possesses nuclear weapons and isn't a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Japan's government has stressed the significance of the pact. Officials say it effectively brings India within the international non-proliferation regime.
They have also said Japan will terminate the pact if India conducts a nuclear test.
India is aiming to boost its nuclear power generation capacity 10-fold by 2032 to cope with the chronic electricity shortages that weigh on its fast-growing economy.
The Japanese government wants to see a boost in exports of nuclear power plants to India by highlighting the country's technology and safety measures.
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