Abe Wants to Wrap Japan-EU Trade By End of 2015

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.

via Mainichi

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

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Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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