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India-Japan sign historic Civil Nuclear deal; Bullet Train corridor in India from 2018

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Tokyo: After six years of strife and intense negotiations, India and Japan signed a historic civil nuclear deal on Friday in Tokyo. Talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe led to a historic deal that will allow Japan to supply nuclear reactors, fuel and technology to India.

Apart from the nuclear deal both countries have signed nine other agreements in various areas to bolster bilateral ties. The agreement for co-operation in peaceful uses of Nuclear Energy marks a historic step to build a clean energy partnership, PM Modi said.

The agreement is a major achievement for India as well as for Japan, because it is Japan’s first civilian nuclear co-operation deal with a country that has not signed the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Moreover, in a major boost to India’s skill development programme Japan will set up institutes to train 30,000 people in 10 years. Japanese style manufacturing skill and practice will be set up, especially in rural areas. The announcement came up after wide- ranging discussions between the two political leaders. Next year in summer the first three such institutes would start.

Construction of the high speed train corridor between Mumbai and Ahmedabad will start in 2018 and the network will be operational by 2023, said Abe. For this service Japan will be building the rail network.

The two Prime Ministers released a joint statement welcoming the steady progress to realise 3.5 trillion yen of public and private financing to India in five years under the “Japan-India Investment Promotion Partnership.”

Modi is on a three day visit to Japan and in two years it is his second visit to the East Asian country.

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