Visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called on Thursday for ongoing free trade negotiations between Japan and the European Union to be concluded by the end of next year.
In remarks at Guildhall in London’s financial district, the Japanese leader also noted his government’s plans to reactivate commercial nuclear reactors to secure a stable supply of energy at low cost.
“Why don’t we both target a conclusion within next year” to the free trade talks between Japan and the 28-member regional bloc, Abe said.
On rebooting Japan’s nuclear reactors, all of which are currently offline, Abe said Tokyo has decided to allow reactors to be reactivated one by one, after deliberate steps, if they meet the safety standards that are among the strictest in the world.
At the same time, he expressed hope that Japan will work hand in hand with Britain in developing nuclear technology by sharing the lessons of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
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