Tokyo is likely to change its policy to allow reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel from Japanese-made reactors.
- Since the 2011 Fukushima tragedy, Japan had concluded civil pacts with six countries including Jordan, Russia, Turkey and Vietnam, but has not approved reprocessing of spent fuel generated by Japanese-made nuclear reactors.
- Indo-Japan civil nuclear deal has remained elusive despite several rounds of negotiations since 2010 and Narendra Modi’s maiden trip to Japan as PM last year and his personal chemistry with his counterpart Shinzo Abe.
- Bilateral negotiations, re-launched post Fukushim in September 2014, got momentum after Modi became the PM with Japan as one of his foreign policy priorities.
- Japan has been consistent on its position on India’s non-NPT status and tougher safeguards on reprocessing of spent fuel supplied to Indian reactors.
Source: Defence News