Japan and France agreed to bolster their cooperation in the fields of nuclear and defense technology at a meeting in Tokyo on Oct. 5.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his French counterpart Manuel Valls agreed to help ensure Japan maintains its longtime policy to recycle spent nuclear fuel and develop technology to decommission reactors.
In addition, they pledged to collaborate on joint development of defense equipment and assistance to Africa to enable developing countries there achieve sustainable growth.
Abe briefed Valls on security legislation enacted last month to drastically widen the overseas role of Japan’s Self-Defense Forces.
Valls expressed his hope that Japan will cooperate for success of a meeting of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, which gets under way in Paris from late November.