Japan and India sign the Civil Nuclear Deal

Technology - Akanksha Singh - Nov 15,2016

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India becomes one of the first nations to have signed such a deal, without signing a Non-Proliferation Treaty

After a long wait of six years, Japan and India finally sign the much awaited and historic civil nuclear agreement. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe his Japanese counterpart, sealed the deal during the annual India-Japan Bilateral Summit held in Tokyo on 11 November 2016.

The agreement that was confirmed in 2015 during Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe’s last visit to India, will make it possible for Japan to export nuclear power technology and equipment to India. India signed a similar agreement with US, back in 2005. Indian experts believe that such a deal would not only end India’s quest for nuclear energy, but also make India a go-to nation for nuclear commerce.

India also became one of the first nations to have signed such a nuclear agreement with Japan, without signing a Non-Proliferation Treaty. This treaty would not only prove to be a great boon for India’s nuclear sector but will also strengthen India’s membership claim for the prestigious Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

In addition to the nuclear deal, the two nations have also agreed on plans to build rail networks in India, based on the Japanese bullet train technology.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, expressed his pleasure and hopes after signing the deal, he said that the signing of the nuclear agreement for cooperation in peaceful uses of nuclear energy has marked a “historic step”.  He also said that the deal would help India combat the challenge related to climate. He appreciated the Japanese government by saying that, he acknowledges “the special significance” such an agreement has for Japan.

Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe said, the agreement will ensure that India takes a responsible action regarding the peaceful use of nuclear energy. The agreement also has a ‘nullification-clause’ that will come into being if India conducts a nuclear test, strengthening Japan’s stance on the use of nuclear energy for peaceful and commercial purposes.