Japan and Brazil are expected to agree at a bilateral summit meeting next week to resume negotiations on concluding a nuclear cooperation accord, a government source said.
The two sides began the talks in January 2011 but they have remained suspended since the nuclear meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 complex in March 2011.
The plan to restart them will be included in a joint statement to be issued after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s meeting with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in Tokyo on June 27, the source said Wednesday.
A bilateral nuclear agreement confirming the peaceful use of atomic energy must be concluded before any bilateral trade in nuclear technologies can take place. The Abe administration regards exports of nuclear plant equipment as a pillar of its economic growth strategy.
Brazil currently has two nuclear reactors in operation and aims to secure a more stable electricity supply by building more. Energy demand in the country is projected to rise further on the back of rapid economic growth.
Abe signed bilateral nuclear pacts with the United Arab Emirates and Turkey in May, Japan’s first such deals since the Fukushima No. 1 plant was crippled by the March 11, 2011, 9.0-magnitude quake and tsunami. Later that month, Japan and India agreed to resume bilateral nuclear talks that also had been suspended since the Fukushima disaster.
During his current visit to Europe, Abe agreed with the leaders of countries including the Czech Republic on bilateral cooperation in the atomic energy sector.