THE ASAHI SHIMBUN – Japan has been asked to approve reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel in India as part of negotiations to conclude a nuclear power agreement between the two nations. But though the Abe administration is eager to export nuclear power generation infrastructure as a pillar of its economic growth strategy, some Japanese government officials are cautious about approving the request from India. The reprocessing produces plutonium that can be used as raw materials for nuclear weapons, which India already possesses. According to officials of both the Japanese and Indian governments, India’s request is in line with the nuclear power agreement it reached with the United States. Continue Reading