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Vietnam, Japan Reaffirm Nuclear Power Cooperation


Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, left, escorts his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung for their dinner at Noda's official residence in Tokyo on October 31, 2011.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, left, escorts his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung for their dinner at Noda's official residence in Tokyo on October 31, 2011.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has reaffirmed his country's aim to continue importing Japanese nuclear reactors, despite the massive accident earlier this year at Japan's Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant.

The visiting Vietnamese leader voiced his support for the Japanese technology in a meeting Monday in Tokyo with Japan's Trade and Industry Minister Yukio Edano.

Japan last year won contracts to build two reactors in Vietnam set to begin operating in 2021. Monday, Japanese media quoted Dung as saying Vietnam trusts Japan's advanced nuclear technology and wants Tokyo to use the Fukushima disaster as a basis for building the world's safest nuclear plants.

The two leaders also said their countries will continue joint efforts to mine rare earth minerals in Vietnam.

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