New Delhi, July 20: India is developing the defense sector with several initiatives. In last November, India Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Tokyo. During this visit, the civil nuclear cooperation pact was signed and Japan's parliament approved the pact in June. The agreement entered into force on July 20.The agreement came into force with the exchange of diplomatic notes between Foreign Secretary and Ambassador of Japan to India.
“This Agreement is a reflection of the strategic partnership between India and Japan and will pave the way for enhanced cooperation in energy security and clean energy. The Agreement seeks to promote full cooperation between the two countries in the development and uses of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes on a stable, reliable and predictable basis.”, Ministry of External Affairs stated in a press release.
PM Modi commented after signing the treaty that the two countries “support openness, transparency and the rule of law." Japan being the only victim of the atomic bombing in World War II was hesitate to sign the pact. Firstly the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has made the export of nuclear power technology part of its growth strategy. Secondly, though India is allowed to reprocess nuclear materials and byproducts supplied under the pact, cannot make highly enriched uranium without Japan's agreement.