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UAE, Japan in nuclear energy talks

UAE sends delegation to Japan for negotiations centred on gaining access to Japanese technology.

The UAE will this month hold talks with the Japanese government and companies such as Hitachi and Toshiba over cooperating on civil nuclear power,newswire Bloomberg reported on Friday citing unnamed officials.A UAE delegation headed up by Emirates Nuclear Energy Corp president Mohammad al-Hammadi arrived in Japan on Thursday for a week-long visit, with talks expected to centre on the UAE gaining access to Japanese nuclear technology.

"Japan is behind others such as France in terms of making approaches but has built up a high level of technology for reactors that the UAE wants," Yuzuru Aizawa, an analyst at the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan's biggest energy research body, was quoted as saying.

"The UAE is expecting to get access to Japanese technology."

Officials said negotiations were still ongoing, but that Japan could provide services to help set up legal frameworks and train workers, according to Bloomberg.

Japan would be the fourth country to sign a nuclear cooperation pact with the UAE after France, the US and the UK.

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