Vietnam to get help in creating redress plan for any nuclear accident


Japan and Vietnam have signed a memorandum of understanding to help Hanoi to improve its redress system for future damages arising from nuclear accidents.

Under the accord inked Tuesday by visiting industry minister Yukio Edano and Vietnamese Minister of Science and Technology Nguyen Quan in Hanoi, Japan will offer assistance based on its experience of the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

Vietnam plans to start up a nuclear plant in Ninh Thuan Province in 2020, but its current system for compensating locals over nuclear-related damages is considered insufficient. The two countries will set up a joint committee to overhaul the process.

First phase construction work on the power station will be undertaken by Russia, with Japan overseeing the project’s second phase.

Edano held a separate meeting with Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Minh Quang earlier in the day to discuss a joint rare earth development program.

The two sides also agreed to speed up environment assessment work and procedures to grant drilling rights to the Dong Pao mine in northern Vietnam. The project is expected to start producing rare earth minerals in the second half of 2013.

The joint program was agreed at a meeting between Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and his Vietnamese counterpart, Nguyen Tan Dung, last October.