Dr. Ashwani Kumar, Minister of State for Science and Technology, Earth Sciences and Planning said that India remains committed to a fair and non-discriminatory non proliferation regime and expressed appreciation for Japan’s support to India in the Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG) for its civil nuclear energy programme. During the bilateral meeting with the Foreign Minister of Japan, Mr. Koichiro Gemba in Tokyo today, Dr. Kumar informed him that Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has ordered a comprehensive reinforcement of safety measures in India’s nuclear power plants.
Dr. Kumar informed Mr. Gemba that India was looking forward to Strategic Partnership between the two countries. Dr Kumar also proposed the establishment of an Indo-Japan Science Centre in India. Mr Gemba informed Dr. Kumar that Japan has an ambitious five year plan for re-construction after the Fukushima disaster. He also stated that Japan supports the call for reform of the UN and multilateral institutions so as to reflect the new realities.
Dr. Kumar was accompanied by the Deputy Chief of the Indian Mission during the meeting.