Japanese, Hungarian PMs pledge a stronger energy alliance

Japanese, Hungarian PMs pledge a stronger energy alliance
# 21 November 2013 18:47 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Thursday pledged to build stronger energy ties between the two nations as Japan eyes exporting its nuclear energy technology to bolster its economy, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

Hungary is planning to develop its Paks nuclear facility and is eyeing building two more reactors, with Japan seen as a possible supplier for this and other technology-related infrastructural developments in Hungary.

The two leaders also discussed issues of bilateral trade and mutual investments, but sources familiar with the matter said that energy issues topped the bill with officials from both Japan and Hungary inking a memorandum on energy cooperation between Japan's trade ministry and Hungary's development ministry.

Both leaders said in a joint statement that they are seeking a quick consensus on the free trade negotiations between Japan and the European Union, with both countries committed to seeing a deal agreed upon at the earliest possible opportunity.

Abe heard from his counterpart that Hungary was planning to offer a new scholarship program for around 100 Japanese students as part of a broader exchange program between the two countries and both leaders reaffirmed their commitment to bilateral working holiday schemes that allow for workers of both countries to work in the other country for an extended period of time.

Abe told a press briefing after his meeting with Orban that he explained to his counterpart his plans for Japan to become a greater contributor to peace in the world and for this to be achieved the roles and responsibilities of Japan's Self-Defense Forces may have to be extended as international and regional needs dictate.

Oban is scheduled to have an audience with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Friday and meet representatives from business lobbies thereafter. The Hungarian leader will round off his trip in Kyoto on Saturday, prior to him leaving Japan.

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