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Editorial: Safety must be guaranteed as precondition for nuke reactor export to Vietnam via The Mainichi Daily News

Safety must be guaranteed as a precondition for the government giving the green light to the export of nuclear reactors to Vietnam.

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung have reached an agreement under which Japan will be granted a contract to build two nuclear reactors, each with an output of 1 million kilowatts, as part of the second phase of the construction of a nuclear power station in Ninh Thuan, southern Vietnam. Operations at these reactors are scheduled to begin in 2021 and 2022.

The government will go ahead with Japan’s exports of reactors to Vietnam after the Diet approves the bilateral nuclear power agreement.

In a speech to the U.N. in September, Prime Minister Noda said he would ensure the world’s top level of safety as a precondition for exporting nuclear power complexes. Japan must not export danger and concern by placing priority on profit over safety. Maximum caution should be exercised in ensuring safety before giving the green light to exports.

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