In NSG Membership Bid, Japan Is Firmly On India’s Side

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe visited India last year, while PM Modi is expected to pay a reciprocal visit in 2016.

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 Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe and Prime Minister Modi shake hands at the Tokyo Summit in 2014. (Photo: Reuters)
  • Japan, on Tuesday, strongly supported India’s bid for membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and said it was working with the Indian government to garner support from other countries ahead of the bloc’s crucial plenary meeting.
  • Kenji Hiramatsu, Japan’s envoy to India, said Prime Minister Modi is expected to pay a “reciprocal” visit to Japan this year, but adding that no date has been finalised. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had visited India in December last year.
  • India has planned a major expansion of its nuclear energy sector and membership of the NSG, currently comprising 48 nations, will help it trade and export nuclear technology.
  • Switzerland, a key member of the NSG, said it will support India’s application after Modi held talks with Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann on Monday during his visit to the country.

(With agency inputs.)

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