Japan, Poland ink nuclear accord

CANCUN, Mexico (Kyodo) Japan and Poland signed a memorandum Tuesday to promote cooperation in the civil use of atomic power, with Tokyo aiming to have Japanese firms receive orders to build nuclear reactors in the Eastern European country.

Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Masayuki Naoshima held talks with Polish Deputy Prime Minister Waldemar Pawlak on the sidelines of the two-day ministerial meeting of the International Energy Forum, which opened Tuesday in the Mexican city of Cancun.

Poland is planning to start operating its first atomic plant in 2020, Japanese officials said. The memorandum is Japan’s first such agreement with an Eastern European nation.