19 Oct 2010 21:15

Duma to ratify deal on cooperation in peaceful atom with Japan

MOSCOW. Oct 19 (Interfax) - The Russian government has submitted with the State Duma a bill, "Regarding the ratification of the Russian-Japanese intergovernmental agreement on cooperation on peaceful uses of nuclear energy," according to the electronic document database of the parliamentary lower house.

The agreement was signed in Tokyo on May 12, 2009.

The 25-year document replacing the April 18, 1991 agreement between the USSR and Japan, provides a legal framework for practical implementation of a number of joint projects. Among priority areas are: uranium deposits exploration and development; design, construction and operation of nuclear power plants with light water reactors; processing of irradiated nuclear fuel and radioactive waste disposal.

The agreement aims to allow organizing and implementing large-scale economic projects in the nuclear sector as part of both countries' international obligations, including those assumed before the International Atomic Energy Agency.