The Japanese parliament on Dec. 9 ratified an accord on cooperating, developing and using nuclear energy for peaceful purposes between Japan and Vietnam.

Three other bilateral civil nuclear cooperation accords between Japan and Russia , the Republic of Korea and Jordan were also approved on the same day.

All of the accords, which had been previously adopted by the House of Representatives, were signed before the world’s worst nuclear accident in 25 years occurred at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Once taking effect, the deals will lay foundations for Japanese businesses to export nuclear power production equipment and technologies to the concerned countries.
Japan has to date signed similar agreements with seven countries, including Australia, the UK, Canada, China, France, Kazakhstan, and the US, and the European Atomic Energy Community (EAEC)./.