Vietnam PM in Tokyo to seek nuclear technology


TOKYO–Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung arrived in Tokyo on Sunday on a four-day visit expected to promote Japan’s export of nuclear power plants to his country and joint development of rare earths. Officials confirmed Dung’s arrival and said he was scheduled to attend a dinner with members of the Japanese parliament later in the day, before talks with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Monday. On Tuesday, Dung will tour Japan’s northeast coast, hit by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

According to Japanese media, Noda is expected to confirm that Japan will help build two nuclear reactors in Vietnam, despite the atomic plant crisis at Fukushima triggered by the March natural disaster. On a visit to Vietnam a year ago, then Japanese prime minister Naoto Kan announced with Dung that the two countries would join forces in the nuclear reactor project. Noda and Dung are also expected to reach an agreement on joint development of rare earth minerals in Dong Pao in Vietnam’s northwest.