During Narendra Modi’s visit to Japan, India is hoping to win a nuclear deal in the lines of its deal with US in 2008 that allowed importing US nuclear fuel and technology without giving up its military nuclear programme.
Reportedly, Japan wants India not to perform nuclear tests and more invasive inspections of its nuclear facilities. It wants India to ensure that spent fuel is not diverted to make bombs.
India has however sought to meet Japan’s concerns and over the past month the two sides have speeded up talks ahead of Modi’s visit.
PM Narendra Modi travels to Japan on Saturday on a five day visit.
Another focus of the trip would be to agree Japan to back India in developing the ‘poll promise’ of Modi of high-speed ‘bullet’ trains.
An expert on ties with Japan, Lieutenant General A S Lamba, former vice chief of Indian army said, “India and Japan are laying the foundations of a bigger deal”.