• Kyodo


Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and his Vietnamese counterpart, Nguyen Tan Dung, confirmed Saturday that they will continue to cooperate on nuclear power generation and the development of rare earth metals, the Foreign Ministry said.

In their second meeting in about five months, Noda and Dung also confirmed that progress is being made on a plan to build two reactors in Vietnam, after Japan won the contracts for them in October 2010, the ministry said. Whether foreign countries will continue to import Japan’s nuclear technology has been an issue since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami triggered the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant.

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