Abe eyes nuclear push in Europe

Kyodo

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning to visit Poland in June to promote Japan’s nuclear power technology in Eastern Europe, a government source said Monday.

Abe is expected to meet with leaders of four countries in the region, also including the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia, at the first summit between Japan and the Visegrad Group, which has been seeking Japanese investment for economic growth. Poland currently chairs the group.

Abe will become the first Japanese prime minister to visit Poland in a decade. The schedule has yet to be determined but Abe will likely visit on June 16 before heading to Britain for the Group of Eight leaders’ summit on June 17 and 18, the source said.

The trip comes as Tokyo tries to export Japanese technologies for infrastructure such as atomic power plants. Abe has underscored Japan’s continued efforts to ensure safe plant operations despite the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.