It seemed that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to France for the fifth leg of his six-nation tour is successful. Abe and French President Francois Hollande has agreed to open discussions on developing defense equipment together along with a signed agreement to cooperate with developing safer nuclear technology. The two leaders also announced that the two nations will work closely to foster good economic relations.
Speaking alongside with President Hollande to the press, Abe said, “As the security situation in Europe and East Asia becomes increasingly severe, close coordination between the two countries has never been more necessary.” As such, the two nations have agreed to hold a yearly summit as much as possible to discuss mutual interests. According to the joint statement released after their meeting, China’s increase flexing of muscles alongside Russia’s annexation of Crimea has caused both leaders to express their concerns on other nations forcing their sovereignty on another. Abe, on the other hand is seeking cooperation with many European countries as China is expected to do the same with an economic expansion in mind.
The joint cooperation of the two nations hopes to address two main issues such as a safe nuclear energy and free trade deal. Last Monday, Hollande and Abe signed an agreement to collaborate in developing a fast-breeder reactor technology that would reduce radioactive waste. Abe is set to end his European visit with a trip to Belgium before heading straight back to Tokyo.
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