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Japan, India agree to move talks forward on civilian nuclear pact The Mainichi Daily News

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Japan and India agreed Saturday to move forward bilateral talks to conclude a civilian nuclear power pact and to continue promoting cooperation in the development of rare earth minerals.

Japan’s bilateral negotiations with India and four other countries toward concluding accords on the transfer of atomic energy technology and related material for peaceful use have been suspended following the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant triggered by the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March.

While the agreement with India to restart the talks indicates Japan’s intention to resume promoting its international nuclear power business, it may draw criticism as the move comes at a time when the Fukushima crisis has yet to be resolved, observers say.

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