New Ja­pan PM good news for In­dia

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - FRONT PAGE - Pramit Pal Chaud­huri let­ters@hin­dus­tan­

NEW DELHI: In­dian of­fi­cials be­lieve Shinzo Abe’s land­slide elec­tion vic­tory this week­end means the long-awaited bi­lat­eral nu­clear agree­ment with Ja­pan “will come through”. Ear­lier at­tempts by Tokyo have foundered due to In­dia’s un­will­ing­ness to sign the test ban treaty.

Not only is Lib­eral Demo­cratic Party’s Abe (pic) the most pro-In­dian prime min­is­ter Ja­pan has ever had, he cam­paigned on an openly pronu­clear plat­form.

His vic­tory in­di­rectly boosts In­dia’s nu­clear pro­gramme by lay­ing to rest the ghost of Fukushima. De­spite the acci- dent, Ja­pan’s Sankei news­pa­per says this elec­tion saw pronu­clear leg­is­la­tors in­crease their num­ber from 132 to 346.

In­dian of­fi­cials ex­pect Abe to ro­bustly push Ja­panese nvest- ment into the coun­try. Ja­panese firms al­ready are big in­vestors, but more would come if they get a “help­ing hand” from Tokyo.

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